Below you will find a collection of useful Parent Guides offering information and advice on issues the Evolve team helps teens with everyday. Click on each button to learn more about the mental health, substance abuse or behavior problems that you may be encountering with your teen.
Adolescents and alcohol. Some people would argue it’s an inevitable combination. Others would argue that it doesn’t have to be that way. Many parents of teens choose to ignore the red flags of their child’s alcohol abuse or regard it as some sort of adolescent “rite of passage” instead of a serious problem.
It’s heartbreaking for parents to discover that their child’s development isn’t on par with other children his or her age. Asperger’s Syndrome, which primarily impacts social and communication skills, fits into a category of delayed development formerly known as “pervasive developmental disorders”.
Mood swings are often considered a normal part of adolescence – just ask any parent with one or more teenagers at home. However, the so-called “normal” teenage mood swings are actually quite different from the intense mood swings of bipolar disorder.
Adolescence can be a turbulent time for many individuals, as many who’ve lived to survive it – not to mention those currently parenting teens – will readily attest. But for a small percentage of teens, this emotional turbulence can be especially intense, confusing, and painful, signaling the beginning of what may become a chronic and hellish disorder known as Borderline Personality Disorder (or BPD for short).
Frequent acting out, cruelty to people or animals, defiance, and aggressive behavior are just some of the warning signs of conduct disorder in children and teens. While some of these behaviors can be alarming to parents, they can also have serious consequences for you teen…
There’s something inherently disturbing – at least for most people – at the thought of anyone intentionally cutting himself or herself. And yet, a surprising number of young, vulnerable teens gravitate towards this behavior – and their parents are completely oblivious.
Adolescence can be an especially challenging phase of life, often accompanied by emotional ups and downs – as any parent of teens can attest. The combination of rapidly changing bodies, identity issues, raging hormones, and myriad social pressures can trigger occasional “blue” days for even the most well-adjusted adolescent.
Illicit Drug Abuse
Helping your child navigate the choppy waters of adolescence is probably one of the most difficult parenting tasks of all. Teens are hard-wired to stretch their wings, try new things, and take risks to learn about themselves and grow into young adults.
Prescription Drug Abuse
For decades, many parents worried about their adolescents experimenting with or getting addicted to “hard” drugs, such as meth, heroin, or cocaine. The good news is that those drugs aren’t as common among teens as they once were.
Psychosis is the clinical term used when an individual loses touch with reality. In adolescents, psychosis can be caused by many different factors, ranging from substance abuse to the onset of a serious mental health disorder.
If you’re like most parents, the idea of your teen intentionally harming himself or herself is a tough one to wrap your mind around. However, an increasing number of adolescents today are secretly harming or mutilating themselves while their parents are completely oblivious.