signs of teenagers in crisis


Families will normally be the first ones to notice changes in the teen’s behavior.

Signs of teenagers in crisis include the following:

  • becoming increasingly rebellious
  • withdrawing from family and friends
  • seeking new friends who exhibit questionable behavior
  • becoming violent
  • taking on compulsive obsessions
  • becoming sneaky
  • starting to lie about whereabouts
  • sudden drop in school performance
  • extreme mood swings
  • disappearance of items including money.

On noticing negative changes, parents and caregivers should take immediate steps to resolve the issue. Non-confrontational means of communicating with the teen should be implemented by parents and caregivers. If in doubt, seek professional help with the teen.