Teenagers face many challenges as they develop into young adults. They face added responsibility and independence. Balancing new expectations can be extremely difficult for some teens. They can easily place more priority on testing the limits of their independence and neglect the responsibilities that come along with this freedom. As their brains are developing, they may exhibit poor judgement and decision making abilities. They have difficulty acknowledging how their behaviors impact themselves and others. Some teens may began to engage in risky behaviors such as substance use, sex, and self-harm. Puberty also affects all of these factors and can increase moodiness in most every teen. The physical changes happening in their bodies may lead to confusion around sexuality and gender identity. They may begin to struggle with confidence and positive self-image. While navigating all of these changes, teens are heavily influenced by their peers. They began to care about impressing others and fitting in.They attempt to find their identity while receiving pressure from social media, judgmental peers, relationships, family, academic expectations, and more. Some teens may drastically change their clothes and appearance, try new music, and trade out friend groups. Distinguishing when these challenges are normal and when they become problematic can be difficult for parents. Below are some signs that these normal challenges may be significant issues for your child.