Emotional abuse in a teen relationship

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Emotional abuse in a teen relationship

Signs that your teens are in an emotionally abusive dating relationship are that they'll start to spend a lot more time with that individual. They'll start to focus less on school, they'll spend less time with their family. That individual will start becoming controlling and try to pull them away from both their friends and their family to have them to themselves. They'll tell them what to wear, what makeup to put on or not to wear makeup, they will start becoming extremely jealous of people of the opposite sex that they don't even talk to. They'll become manipulative, controlling; they'll guilt trip them if they don't allocate all of their time – 24 hours a day – to that individual and their needs. They will also threaten to kill themselves personally if that individual is considering braking up with them. With all that being said, what I think parents need to do in a situation like this is… it's very toxic and the kids don't know how to get themselves out of it when they get into it. The parents need to step in, educate them on what are the signs of emotional dating abuse, as well as talk to that individual with the parents and the teen present and say, "Look this is done, it's over, you guys are over. And if we see you around our kid or at their sporting event or around our house, we will call the police and file a restraining order against you."

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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