The onset of adolescence varies from teenager to teenager. As teen years are an exciting phase of life but not all teens have an easy time. They deal with fluctuating hormones and may be overeager to experiment and even push boundaries. The physical and emotional maturity brings dramatic changes in their behaviour which would be matter of conflict between the parents and teenagers.
Signs & Symptoms:
It is hard to draw the line between normal behaviour and teenage behavioural problems. Parents need to pay attention to their growing child’s overall behaviour from social activities,to educational performance and lastly to their self-development. The normal signs of behavioural problems in teenage are :
- Poor hygiene
- Poor class performance, Decrease in enjoyment and social gathering
- Strong resistance to attend school, Memory problem or attention deficit
- Big change in energy levels
- Physical problems like backaches and stomach aches
- Feeling of anxiety and sadness ,Easily getting angry
- Substance abuse and Alcoholism
How to Curb:
Behavioural problems in teenage cannot be curbed at once. It may be tough to deal with rebellious teens with strict rules and discipline because this may backfire and can make them overaggressive.But it doesn’t mean that teen’s behavioural problems cannot be resolved.
It is treatable through two ways- Self-help and/or mental health worker’s care.
It focuses on how parents deal with their aggressive teens. Instead of dealing with behavioural problems with strict rules; a consistent and loving environment is required to develop. Parents need to be supportive and be present for their kids, to listen and understand them. Don’t expect rapid improvement.
Find out the cause of that behaviour. Is your child facing emotional issues? Is your chid facing social pressure, traumatic experience or drug abuse? A teen facing drug abuse or alcoholism needs to undergo a treatment, cognitive therapy and many other programs as soon as possible.
Find new activities for your teen such as sending them to a summer camp, a family holiday etc.
Mental health worker’s Care
When parents discover that it is not possible for them to handle their teen’s behavioural problems alone, it is better to ask for help from experts. They are trained in dealing with such problems through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, parent training and medication. A customized program is created by analysing the teenage behaviour. diagnostic services are considered to evaluate the problem such as behavioural and development assessments, neuro-development and psycho-educational evaluations etc.