Acting Out

Sometimes teens respond to their parents' splitting up by acting out—skipping or quitting school, partying, drinking or doing drugs, or breaking the law.

Unfortunately, while this might help you escape from the situation and cover up your feelings temporarily, reality and your feelings will always come back-along with a few other problems that will just make things worse. Try to face the situation as best you can, instead of running away from it. Here's how:

  • Try to be good to yourself, and help yourself feel better.
  • Use some of the tips for dealing with specific situations, listed in Strategies.
  • Check out some of the people, books and other resources in Resources.
  • And get help if you need it.