Recognizing the red flags of a teen at risk

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Recognizing the red flags of a teen at risk

Warning signs of a teen in crisis? First of all, teens get really good at hiding these signs. I can't tell you, in 14 years of doing this, how many highly educated, highly invested parents, came into my office when things really fell apart and said, "We had no idea. We had no reason to suspect." I think parents need to look for red flags. These red flags are as follows: Changes in sleep. They will start to sleep more or less than they usually do. They will start to become additionally irritable. They will see changes in food. They will eat more or less than they normally do. They'll see a sudden dropping in grades. There will be an increase in distractiblity and the ability to concentrate. they will become withdrawn and isolated. They won't find enjoyable normally pleasurable activities. I think if parents are seeing any of these signs, even one, it warrants you to have a conversation with your kid. If you really can't get them to own it or rectify that this is a problem, take them to get professional help, such as a psychologist. At least they can evaluate them for 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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