Today's world offers many challenges for adolescents. Just like adults, teenagers can be under extreme stress, which takes its toll on their mental and emotional well-being. The stress can come from many places: the pressure to perform well in school, family problems, or from their own friendship and dating relationships.
Keeping track of your child through adolescence is just as important as when they were younger. Despite their protests to the contrary, teenagers are not yet fully equipped to deal with the adult world, and still need their parents to provide structure, guidance and protection. Indeed, teenagers expect and want their parents to care about them and what they are doing. Parents can show they care by being interested and involved. Generally, parents who are involved in their teenagers' lives tend to have more trusting and open relationships with their teenagers.
It is important to realise that a certain amount of stress and emotional upheaval is healthy, normal and age appropriate. However parents should seek counselling for their adolescent if they are seeing any of the following signs: