risky behaviors for troubled teens

Boredom Leads to Risky Behaviors for Troubled Teens

With the rise of social media, teens are filling more of their leisure time with technology than structured social activities. While they are constantly refreshing their feed for new posts, the process of infinite scrolling can become boring. One risk of boredom is creating a disconnect between acts of relief from boredom they can choose …

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How to Approach Early Intervention for Behavior Issues

While adolescence may just be “a phase” of your child’s lifespan, their behaviors during this period influence their coping mechanisms, interests, and relationships throughout their lifetime. In comparison to adulthood, behavior issues during adolescence result in fewer direct consequences. However, when emotional issues underlying behavioral issues are left untreated, consequences tend to compound in adulthood. …

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Adventure Therapy for Impulsive Teens

Physical activity releases similar amounts of dopamine and endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters, as engaging in risky behaviors, like substance use, reckless driving, and theft. Impulsive teens tend to be thrill seekers and sensation seekers and look for intense emotional experiences to add a sense of adventure to their lives. When they build a tolerance for the …

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Three ways to handle issues with attachment in teenage years

Our primary need as human beings is that for connection. In fact, it is hard-wired into our brains, and meeting that need is crucial for our personal development, especially in the early years of life, usually until around the age of five. If during that period, a child was unable to bond with a primary …

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Going Overboard With Media Devices: Screen Overuse in Teens Leads to Unhappiness

The phrase ‘too much of a good thing’ is among the truest ever spoken; especially when it comes to your teens and their phones. Today’s teens spend an average of nine hours per day using media; and according to a study conducted by San Diego State University, teens who spend excessive amounts of time texting, …

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Program for Defiant Teens: Why It May Be the Next Step for Your Child

When you have a teenager that’s struggling, it can begin to feel as if you have no options. Many families turn to traditional therapy–which can definitely help–but some find that nothing changes and their child continues to face challenges in life. This is when a program for defiant teens may be the next route. A …

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6 Tips for Dealing with and Helping Your Out of Control Teen

Teens rebel. They slam the door in your face, yell at you, tell you that you don’t understand anything, and can be generally difficult to handle. All of that is normal during the teenage years–to a point. Sometimes it goes further and they transform into an out of control teen. When this happens, many parents …

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How Parents and the World Can Reduce Risky Teen Behavior

Confronting risky teen behavior is a regular part of any parent’s life. The hormones, stress, and expectations that come with being a teenager create a perfect recipe for a huge reckless, irresponsible cake–which will eventually turn into a mess for the parents to clean up. While some rebellious or risky teen behavior is unavoidable, there’s …

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