Top Five Warning Signs that
Your Child/ Young Adult is in Trouble
What causes people to make choices that could destroy their future, and why do they give
in to peer pressure? Could your child be headed down a dangerous path? Heed the
following warning signs:
#1 warning sign: Isolates from the family.
If your once social child/ adult starts spending an inordinate amount of time away
from home or locked in his or her room, this is a red flag. If your child/young adult starts withdrawing from you or your spouse, there’s a reason. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to identify what’s behind the change.
#2 warning sign: An extreme shift in mood.
Is your child/ young adult garrulous and friendly one moment, then taciturn and angry the
next? Don’t just chalk it up to growing pains. he or she may be hanging out with the wrong crowd,
or experiencing changes — hormonally, neurologically or socially.
One thing to do is not to let it just go, because they get bigger, they get stronger,
they get more rebellious. It’s never too late.
#3 warning sign: He or she starts abusing drugs or alcohol.
Young adults often start experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol unbeknownst to their folks.
If you suspect your child is using drugs, know the signs to look for.
#4 warning sign: Family history of alcoholism and drug abuse.
There clearly is a higher incidence with teens if they’ve had this history in their family.
Maybe it’s genetic; maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s just that the modeling is there.
#5 warning sign: Taking risks.
Don’t chalk your young adult truancy, vandalism or petty theft up to boys being boys, or kids never grow up. When your family member just seems to throw caution to the wind, not care about consequences — all around bad sign, It indicates a number of things, one of which is that they don’t have the ability to connect their choices with their consequences.
warning signs to look out for:
Declining grades, using street or drug language, a diminished interest in hobbies and a
lack of appreciation for family values.
You can’t be in denial about what’s going on. Don’t kid yourself that these bad
things just happen to other people’s kids. Know what’s going on with your
child. Make sure they understand the consequences of their actions.
Make sure they’re living consistent with the values you hold so important.
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