Four Signs of Behavioral Issues in Teens
You Need to Know
Behavioral issues are hard to deal with in your children, and most frustrating of all is that they can develop in response to genetic conditions or developmental complications. Of course, assuming this is always the case with your child is dangerous. There might be abuse going on in their life that you are not aware of. Mental illnesses, trauma, abuse, peer pressure, drug and alcohol addiction — all of these can result in behavioral issues in your teen.
These four behaviors are typically always signs of an underlying issue. Even if there is no external cause, the problem might be a mental illness or developmental condition that a doctor will need to diagnose to treat.
Don’t just ignore problem behavior, recognize it and get help.
- Frequent Anger or Quick to Anger
If your child has a very low frustration threshold and they go from calm to angry in split seconds, this is an early sign of a behavioral issue. You can expect it once in a while when they are frustrated with something, and an incident triggers their negative feelings into a backlash; however, consistent, frequent outbursts and anger are an issue.
- Lack of Empathy or Consideration
Another sign of a behavioral disorder is a lack of empathy or consideration for others. They may go into angry outbursts or lash out without any care for how their words or actions will impact others.
- Aggression and Truancy
Aggression that leads to crimes being committed is another sign of a behavioral disorder. It shows they have experienced a complete break in cause and effect and do not have an understanding of consequences, even if they feel those every time they lash out.
- Inattention and Overactivity
ADHD is just one of the behavioral issues that teens can experience, and in this case, the signs will be an inability to concentrate along with overactivity without being able to focus. Children, in particular, find ADHD very challenging to cope with, but you will want a doctor to professionally diagnose your teen before you make any decision. This is because the medication for ADHD, Adderall, is a popular recreational drug of choice for teens and college students.
In short, teens may fake ADHD symptoms to get prescribed the drug either for their own use or to sell. This does not mean it is always fake, just that you should always have a professional diagnose your child first.
Common Behavioral Disorders in Teens
Behavioral issues can be the result of trauma in their lives, or are a side effect of mental illness or even drug addiction. Behavioral issues which are the result of a side effect are inherently different from a behavioral disorder like:
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
It can be very difficult to tell the difference as a parent, and that is okay. Instead you should bring your child into professionals who know these disorders and specialize in them to get a proper diagnosis.
Causes of Behavioral Disorders
Behavioral disorders and issues can arise due to a variety of reasons...
- Difficult Gestation or Birth
A premature birth, difficult birth, or other complications during pregnancy could result in brain abnormalities in your child. These could make it difficult for the brain to work properly and understand things such as empathy or patience.
- Difficult Family Lives
A troubled childhood can similarly result in behavioral problems in a child, as they lash out for attention or project their trauma onto others. Difficult childhoods do not always have to be abusive. In fact, negligence (even on an emotional scale) can also cause severe damage.
- Physical Development Issues
If the brain develops incorrectly at any stage, it could result in myriad behavioral and learning difficulties. Frustration at their own inability to perform a task that their peers have no problem doing is a common side effect, and this in turn, can result in behavioral issues and disorders.
Trauma can be experienced by anyone at any age. It can be emotional, physical, or sexual. People of any age can experience trauma and will react differently. In some cases they might lash out — angry and scared to the core about the pain they have endured.
Treatment for Behavioral Disorders
Behavioral disorders are treated in a variety of ways. Medication may be used, yes, but behavioral treatment centers for teenswill also offer cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and can help teens understand why they feel the way they do, and better empathize with those around them.
Treatment may uncover some underlying issues you were not aware of as well, as teens are encouraged to reveal the parts of themselves that they may have even closed off. That is okay. Understanding the ‘why’ is the best way to help them heal and recover.