Mental health issues and problems for teens frequently present in a more dramatic fashion than children's issues because the teen's problems reflect their developmental issues and their capacity for severe behavior. On one hand teenagers are eagerly racing toward adult life and insist on independence, yet on the other hand they continue to need the connection, direction and guidance that they had earlier in life. Without connections with appropriate adults, the teen will be extremely vulnerable to the influence of peers. For teens who did not receive the expected connection, direction and guidance they should of had in childhood their teenage years are likely to be troubled. Treatment is offered to adults in the hopes of providing a helpful and meaningful connection, direction and guidance. Many of the problems of chief concern include:
Appropriate domestic violence intervention for teenagers
-sexual acting out
-drug and alcohol abuse
-emergence of severe pathology
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