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As a teen, when should I see a counselor after a disaster?

As a teen, you might want to see a counselor after a disaster if—after several weeks or more—you:

  • suffer so much or for so long that you are not sure you can stand it
  • can't think clearly or do your school work
  • can't handle helping out in your family (such as caring for brothers or sisters, or doing chores)
  • are doing yourself injury by drinking or smoking more than you usually do; using street drugs to help feel better or to escape your daily life; using too much or too little prescribed medication; speeding or driving carelessly; threatening, hurting or fighting people
  • are still have eating or sleeping problems, or are getting sick from stress
  • withdraw from other people, such as close friends or family
  • feel like hurting yourself or others

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