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Understanding the Strong-Willed, Out-of-Control Child

Can you help me make sense of my teenage son's "bad" behavior?

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Anonymous said...

My sons behaviour seems to be escalating, we have been seeking professional help as well however he just does what he wants.

My 15yr son is the middle of 3 boys( close in age, 17 15,13), he has a chronic illness Crohn's Disease and large "cafe- late" abdominal birthmark which have caused self-image issues and low self-esteem . He suffers anxiety, depression, terrible anger and low motivation to do anything including any school work hence he failed all subjects this year and he was an above average student before he changed.The trouble has gone on for 2 years now. Now he is risk-taking in all areas.


Parenting Rebellious Teens

One day you wake up and find that life has changed forever. Instead of greeting you with a hug, your little boy rolls his eyes when you say "good morning" and shouts, "You're ruining my life!" You may think you've stepped into the Twilight Zone, but you've actually been thrust into your son's teen years.

During adolescence, teens start to break away from parents and become "their own person." Some talk back, ignore rules and slack off at school. Others may sneak out or break curfew. Still others experiment with alcohol, tobacco or drugs. So how can you tell the difference between normal teen rebellion versus dangerous behavior? And what's the best way for a parent to respond?

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Many families of defiant children live in a home that has become a battleground. In the beginning, the daily struggles can be expected. After all, we knew that problems would occur. Initially, stress can be so subtle that we lose sight of a war, which others do not realize is occurring. We honestly believe that we can work through the problems.

Outbursts, rages, and strife become a way of life (an emotionally unhealthy way of life). We set aside our own needs and focus on the needs of our children. But what does it cost us?

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The Strong-Willed Out-of-Control Teen

The standard disciplinary techniques that are recommended for “typical” teenagers do not take into account the many issues facing teens with serious behavioral problems. Disrespect, anger, violent rages, self-injury, running away from home, school failure, hanging-out with the wrong crowd, drug abuse, theft, and legal problems are just some of the behaviors that parents of defiant teens will have to learn to control.

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