Is that normal?

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How can you tell whether your child is just being a normal teen, or if there’s a deeper issue? Here are some common warning signs to look out for.

In their room 24/7
Drinking or drugs

Alcohol or drug use could be a sign of deeper issues.

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Lost interest in hobbies

Interests change, but a complete lack of enthusiasm could be a red flag.

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Covered arms or thighs

Self-harming behaviours can present in many different ways that are not always easy to spot.

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Mood shifts: suddenly happy

Dramatic changes in mood, including being suddenly happy can be a warning sign.

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More reckless than usual

Risk-taking or recklessness can be normal, but if it increases it can become harmful.

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Giving away loved possesions

Giving away possessions, saying goodbye, or writing a note can be a red flag.

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Talking about not being here

Talking about death or suicide (even in a joking way) can be a warning sign.

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Having dangerous items

Having or seeking weapons, sharp objects, and medications is a clear warning sign.

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Claiming they're a burden

Teens go through all sorts of emotions, but feeling like a burden shouldn’t be one. Look out for statements like “You would be better off without me”.

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Says things are hopeless

Teens can be dramatic, but talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, alone or having no reason to live can be a warning sign.

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Wanting to sleep forever

Teens need their sleep, but saying things like “I want to sleep and never wake up” is a red flag.

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Last Updated: 24 August 2020