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Why is My Teen Always In Their Room?

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

By: Shawne Poplar, MA LPC-S Licensed Professional Counselor


Teens have a developmental need for independence. For that reason, privacy, often found in their bedrooms is important. Overtly forcing them out may lead to a power struggle, and inadvertently lead them to pull further away. Here are practical recommendations:

  • Allow choice- Give your teen a window of time OR amount of time they can spend in their room.

  • Remember it's not personal- Teens will distance themselves from their parents in order to work on self-discovery and to process thoughts and emotions.

When should parents worry?

Red flags should raise if your teen is withdrawn AND displaying a change in behavior/ mood, sleeping habits, eating habits, or trouble in friendships/ relationships. These are common signs of mental health decline.

What can parents do when they are worried?

  • Share that you have noticed a change, without judgment

  • Share that you are here to listen

  • Ask how you can support them

  • Consult with their primary care physician

  • Consider consulting with a therapist

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