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Danger Signals of Teen Turmoil

A troubled teen usually shows signs of distress before erupting in potentially hurtful behavior. Here are signs that may signal the teen is in trouble emotionally and needs help.

  • Increased aggression, often toward siblings

  • Threatening language

  • Angry, intimidating actions lasting over time

  • A sudden change in the child's set of friends -- especially if you're uncomfortable with the new group

  • Withdrawal from the family

  • Substance abuse, which correlates with violence

  • A sudden drop in grades or rise in truancy

  • An Internet focus on violent sites, games or e-mail

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