Teen years can be tough. Young people cope with big decisions about college or work, new kinds of conflicts with parents, and the highs and lows that come with first romantic relationships. Meanwhile, teens are also feeling the effects of hormonal changes.
Moodiness and emotionality are a normal part of development during the teen years. But, some teens are at-risk for mental health conditions and even suicide. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control show that teen suicide is on the rise, which is understandably disconcerting for parents. How do you identify the difference between behaviors that are part of the normal transition to adulthood, and those that are warnings that your child needs help?