Finding Help for Struggling Teens
Department (Manual Entry)
School of Social Work
Struggling teens usually show signs of distress, such as low self-esteem; school failure and truancy; social isolation; depression and anxiety; substance abuse; defiance toward authority (parents, teachers, police); running away from home; choosing the “wrong” friends; impulsive behavior (such as speeding); getting in trouble with the law (for example, shoplifting or driving without a license); eating disorders (overeating, not eating, self-induced vomiting); and self injury (such as cutting).
Reamer, Frederic G. and Siegel, Deborah H., “Finding Help for Struggling Teens,” Social Work Today, vol. 7 (1), 2007, pp. 32-36.