It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on.
Many of the symptoms listed below can often be attributed to normal teenage behaviour. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful to know the signs of a possible problem.
You may then choose to discuss your concerns with your teen, or get advice from your doctor.
This page covers:
Depression in teenagers
Teenage eating disorders
Teenagers who self-harm
Teenagers who take drugs
How can I help my teenager?
Noticeable symptoms of depression in teenagers can include:
Read more about depression
Read more about eating disorders .
Get advice if you have a child with an eating disorder.
If you suspect that your teenager is self-harming, look out for any of the following signs:
Read more about self-harm
See a leaflet for parents and carers of young people who are self-harming
Signs that your teenager is taking drugs can include:
If you’re worried about your teenager and they refuse to talk to you, you may need to open up other channels of communication.
Avoid persistent direct questioning as this can make them feel threatened.
Try these tips to encourage your teenager to open up if there is a problem:
For more helpful tips, see Talking to your teenager.
The following organisations can provide support for both your teenager and yourself:
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.