Troubled Adolescent Assessment

You may suspect that an adolescent you care about is having problems. But how do you know what’s normal “kid behavior” and what’s not? Your answers to the following questions will help you determine if a problem exists.

Please put a check in the box next to any problems you have during these sudden bursts of fear.

Yes No Question
Has your teenager’s personality changed dramatically?
Does he or she seem giddy, depressed, extremely irritable, hostile without reason?
Do his or her moods change suddenly, intensely, and without provocation?
Is your teenager less responsible about doing chores?
About getting home on time?
About following instructions and household rules?
Has he or she lost interest in school?
In extracurricular activities, especially sports?
Are grades dropping?
Is your teenager skipping school? (Problems at school are frequent warning signs.)
Has your teenager changed friends and started hanging out with a less than desirable peer group?
Or, on the other hand, has your teenager alienated friends altogether - has he or she become a loner?
Have neighbors, friends, teachers or school guidance counselors, or others talked to you about your teenager’s behavior?
Has your teenager been arrested for drunkenness?
Disorderly conduct?
Delinquent acts? (Encounters with the legal system often indicate underlying problems.)
Does your teenager get into fights with other teenagers?
With other family members?
Are there medical or emotional problems?
(Check for ulcers, bronchitis, high-blood pressure, acute indigestion, liver and kidney ailments, hepatitis, nose bleeds, malnutrition, weight loss, depression, memory lapses, talk of suicide. Alcohol and other drugs take their toll. Teenagers on "uppers" or "downers" usually lose their appetite. Teenagers taking PCP or "Angel Dust" experience paranoia and hallucinations. Long-term marijuana users often develop bronchitis. Heavy drinkers experience problems with digestion, malnutrition, and depression.)
Does your teenager lie to you and others often?
Is your teenager irresponsible in using the family car - taking it out without permission, making excuses for not getting it home on time?
Does he or she come in late after a night out?
Does your teenager stay alone in his or her bedroom most of the time, bursting forth only occasionally?
Does he or she resent questions about activities and destinations? (Some secrecy, aloofness and resentment in teenagers is normal. But when carried to extremes, this may indicate a problem.)
Has your teenager’s relationship with other family members deteriorated?
Does he or she avoid family gatherings which were once enjoyed?

If you checked "yes" for some of these problems, the adolescent may be troubled. Three Rivers offers no-charge assessments. Simply call (866) 796-9911 to make an appointment. Tomorrow depends on the help you get today.

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