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Signs Your Teen Needs Counseling


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Adolescence is among the most difficult periods in one’s life as it is denoted by fast-paced evolution and physiological growth. Due to the highly volatile and emotional nature of teenagers, it can be difficult to distinguish between typical teenage behavior and an indication that something may be awry. To further complicate the matter, every young person is unique, and each will navigate the shifting hormones, physical development, challenging lessons, and newfound need for autonomy distinctly. As a parent it is important to understand your own limitations and recognize that your teen may be dealing with certain issues that extend beyond your abilities. There are a variety of possible signs your teen could exhibit that can suggest counseling may be advantageous. To provide your teen with proper support, it is helpful to become aware of and on the lookout for common signs of concern, some of which include the following examples:

  • Signs of depression
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Falling behind academically
  • Drug use
  • Running away
  • Participating in illegal activities
  • Social isolation
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Poor personal hygiene practices
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed pastimes
  • Easily fatigued
  • Changes in appetite
  • Agitation
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Self-harming behaviors

Each teen will have a nuanced way of processing, integrating, and/ or internalizing the experiences that arise during adolescence. Teens may need professional counseling for any number of reasons (e.g., mental health issues, substance abuse problems, emotional problems, behavior problems, traumatic experiences, relationship difficulties, stress, etc.). Though they once served as useful tools, without intentionally cultivating updated methods many teens default to ineffective, outdated coping strategies. There is a plethora of highly qualified professionals available that have extensive experience, expert knowledge, and specialize in working with adolescent clientele. If you are unsure whether to get your teen counseling, it is best to err on the side of caution and consult your teen’s pediatrician. They will be able to provide an assessment to clarify if counseling is necessary. When needed, they can often provide additional support and point you in the right direction for locating a clinician and may even offer recommendations from within their professional network. Learning a variety of different coping mechanisms and various stress management skills from a qualified mental health clinician can behoove any teen and are likely to be useful long after his or her teenage years.  

For Information and Support

Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know needs mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person for the long term. The earlier you seek support, the sooner you and your loved ones can return to happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

Our admissions team is available to answer any general questions regarding mental health issues, treatment, and/or specific questions about the program at Pacific Teen Treatment and how we might be able to help your family. We can be reached by phone 24/7 at 800-531-5769. You can also contact us via email at

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