Take the Quiz: Is My Teen Troubled?
Take our short assessment to see if the behaviors your teen is expressing are signs of a bigger problem. If your teen exhibits these behaviors he or she may be a candidate for Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Find out now:
Some Important Warning Signs of Serious Trouble Ahead
Your child’s behavior may seem incredibly volatile during the teenage years. Sometimes the signs and symptoms come and go quickly as your child is growing. But other times behaviors are developed and nurtured that will lead to unhealthy choices.
Is My Teen’s Behavior Dangerous?
Take inventory of your child’s behavior. Is this new behavior occurring frequently? Is your child’s attitude, language, and demeanor changing? These could all be signs of unhealthy habits in his or her life.
- Does your teen refuse to abide by anything you say or request? His or her resulting behaviors put your teen or you in danger or high risk, leading to constant fear or stress in the home.
- Your teen is displaying behavior that is a marked change from what has been normal. These changed behaviors may include the following: sleeping too little or too long, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, aggression, depression, anxiety, slipping grades, hating what they once loved or loving what they once hated, always wanting to be with friends or away from home, or avoiding friends altogether and spending too much time alone.
- Your teen has become increasingly disrespectful, dishonest, and disobedient and openly displays rebellion. Your teen is no longer veiling his or her feelings or caring about consequences. There is a blatant ignorance or profound rebellion toward the boundaries, belief system, or rules of the home. This can be shown in passive aggressiveness or open defiance that is unusually excessive for your teen.
- There is an outright or veiled threat of suicide or self-mutilation/cutting, excessive risk-taking, dangerous drug use, or blatant sexual promiscuity–seemingly a loss of conscience or moral compass.
- Your teen’s treatment of people, pets, or belongings is threatening or out of control.
- Your teen shows blatant disregard for your feelings, time, or possessions. At the same time, your teen staunchly defends his or her peers.
- Months of counseling is providing little or no positive progress for your teen.
- Your teen refuses to do anything with the family and displays a growing hatred for the family.
- You cannot keep your teen away from peers who are obviously leading a lifestyle counter to your beliefs, and your teen is buying into their destructive behavior and attitudes.
These Could Be Warning Signs!
Observing these warning signs can help parents conclude that their teen may need more help than they or the teen’s counselor can provide. Discover an alternative at Shepherd’s Hill Academy’s Outdoor Residential Therapy Program.
Some Behavioral Issues Treated at Shepherd’s Hill Academy
The troubled teen boys or teen girls who come to Shepherd’s Hill Academy typically struggle with various issues, some of which include:
- ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
- RAD – Adoption/Attachment Issues
- DTD – Developmental Trauma Disorder
- PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Asperger’s – High Functioning ASD
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Behavioral disorders
- Negative peer pressure
- Rebellious behavior