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Airing May 18, 2013 Destructive Behavior Among Teens

Every parent has likely seen their teenager get angry, frustrated or even embarrassed when confronted with difficult circumstances.  But what do you do when your child acts out those feelings by hurting himself?

Julie talks with psychologist Dr. Susan Hickman about destructive behavior among teens. 

Facts:
  • The most common forms of destructive behaviors among teens are eating disorders, self-mutilation, promiscuity and substance abuse. Source:  “Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today's Teens,” Kaplan, Aguirre & Rater, July 2007.
  • More than half the nation's 12 to 17-year-olds, or 52 percent, are at greater risk of substance abuse because of high stress, frequent boredom, too much spending money or some combination of these characteristics.  Source:  Survey on the Risk of Substance Abuse among Teen, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, February 2009. 
  • Five to 15% of all adolescents have symptoms that meet the medical diagnosis for depression.  Teen girls are twice as likely as teen boys to suffer from depressions.  Source:  Kaplan, Ph.D., Cynthia S., et al, Helping Your Troubled Teen Learn to Recognize, Understand and Address the Destructive Behaviors of Today’s Teen. Fair Winds Press 2007.

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