Does your teen say they hate drama and yet they continue to create it?
Does your teen accuse you of yelling at them even though you're talking in a normal voice?
Does your teen freak out as if it's the end of the world when they receive a confusing post on their social media?
After watching this video it's my hope you will have a better understanding of WHY your teen behaves the dramatic way they do: chaotically and unexpectedly. It's confusing right!?? Because one day they are okay with something and the next day they are in tears about the SAME THING!!!
You may be surprised to learn this behavior is NORMAL and part of the adolescent brain developmental stage. And it's hard, so hard, to parent this age group.
Stay vigilant parents!! You're doing a great job!! I hope my educational videos help you!!
**This video is for educational and entertainment purposes only, it is not meant to replace outpatient professional mental health therapy**
There is a major misconception that teens engaging in consistent bad behavior or making subtle suicidal statements are simply seeking attention.
And even if they were simply seeking attention, WHAT is going on with them they would go to that level to get attention?
Generally something else is going on and they should be assessed more seriously for a bigger issue, such as a threat to their safety or a mental health issue.
If teens are engaging in consistently poor choices and making subtle suicidal statements there is likely more to the story.
We as adults need to be careful to not simply classify and brush off such behavior as attention seeking. Please take this behavior more seriously, and if you are concerned they are simply seeking attention the natural consequences of 'faking it' will likely keep them from 'faking it' again.
If you are concerned about a suicidal teenager please contact your local 911 or crisis center...you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
**This video is not meant to replace or act as professional outpatient psychotherapy services. It is for education, awareness and entertainment purposes only**
LETTING...so much easier said than done.
There are times I let the past steal my future. Sometimes I realize I'm letting it, and sometimes I don't.
Sometimes I care enough to get my shit together and switch focus to not letting it...and sometimes I don't care enough to care enough (and that's okay).
It's part of being human, part of growing and part of living with anxiety. I can read all the supportive memes and self help books and blogs I want...but what it comes down to is ME and what I LET.
Just because the past steals my future from time to time (or more, or less) doesn't mean I'm a broken person who doesn't have dreams or isn't going anywhere. It means I'm human, and it means I have some shit to work through. It means I am going to be stronger in my future.
This is me stepping outside of my comfort zone. I have been doing more videos and putting one out once a week since January 1st. But I have hesitated doing those videos LIVE on Facebook, even though everyone continues to tell me going LIVE on Facebook will be great for my audience.
I avoid LIVE Facebook broadcasts because of the whole LIVE factor. It causes me anxiety without the safety net of editing. So this one is for you audience! Me, stretching my comfort zone to bring you this video....it began as an Ask Me Anything session and turned into an investigation of the tool box I use to start conversations and build rapport with teenagers. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for watching.