Nobody truly understands how hard it can be to raise a teenager until they’re actually doing it themselves. It’s an experience unlike any other. In the best of times, it’s rewarding to a degree that transcends description, and in the worst of times, it can be a deeply painful and maddening experience.
One of the biggest challenges is diagnosing your teenager’s problems, along with the appropriate response to them. Since teenagers are highly emotionally volatile, it can be hard discerning between a gaping wound and a harmless scratch. Sometimes they make mountains out of molehills, and sometimes they deftly conceal major issues that warrant serious treatment.
As professionals who deal with teenagers on a day-to-day basis, we sympathize with this struggle. Nevertheless, it’s incredibly important that you, as a parent, are able to recognize when there’s a serious problem, even if your teen is making efforts to hide it. While some behaviors and struggles heal on their own, others benefit from professional treatment. Here are some signs that your teenager may need therapy: