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Overcoming Issues of a Troubled Teen, ADD, ADHD, RAD, ODD


Behavioral issues have as many labels these days as there are opinions. That is not to say we do not have the need for labels, but I operate form the premise that we all have issues labels or not. We all have things that do not come to us easily. Giving me a label to identify this problem does not give me the victory over it, but only drives home the fact that I have a problem. Some who receive labels use them to excuse the behavior whereby removing the need for accountability for the action. Some withdraw from others as to not allow them selves to be exposed as one with an issue.

Imagine if you will that you have a problem that needs to be solved. Through the paradigm of Risk/Reward one could choice a course of action to solve that problem. We would call this process Critical Thinking. True risk/reward needs to access the truth of the situation and not how one feels about it.

When a doctor prescribes a medication to address a medical problem he or she does so knowing that there are side effects that go along with that medication. They follow the simple risk/reward process to determine if the risk of the potential side effects out weigh or are out weighed by the results they offer. Whole health professional looks beyond a short-term remedy and focuses on the possible root causes of the problem, as part of their approach to medicine. This could include things such as diet, sleep, exercise, and stressors. By making corrections in these areas one can stop the reoccurring symptoms that led them to having a problem in the first place.

Many behaviors such as drug use, alcoholism, anger, stress, frustration, lying, stealing, sleeplessness, and others can be stated as having a problem. The process by which one over comes that problem is their choice. The proper way to make this choice is through Risk/reward assessment. By researching the root cause of the problem one can identify the variables that need to be address to remove the cause. This may or may not be through medication, or the use of mentors or accountability partners that help you through a particular struggle.

By setting a goal in this case; (to over come the stated problem). One can through risk/reward develop a plan that will lead them to the desired result. At ABM Ministries we offer a tested approach to helping families of struggling teens over come such issues as; Troubled, ADD, ADHD, RAD, ODD, and learning difficulties. We approach these issues by teaching the teen how to mature in their critical think and to develop goals and plans to address the root problem. We equip them with the tools they need to attain victory over these issues and giving them a sense of hope for the future. It takes hard work and courage to address and overcome hardships in life. With a vision and sense of purpose your teen will become energized with a new passion for having victory over these stumbling blocks that have strained the relationship with family and others. With the encouragement of our staff we will help them get back on track.



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