> Withdrawn behavior, or isolation, usually has its roots in low levels of peer interactions or low levels of peer acceptance.
Humans crave connection. It’s biological. Making friends can become more difficult as you age. Combine siblings moving to different cities, friends getting married or family getting divorced and you’ll have a recipe for staying in for a night…or two. But if two nights turns into two weeks or two months, you should know something is off.
It’s normal for teens to be moody, irritable, overly sensitive, or withdrawn. Withdrawn tendencies or isolating yourself usually leads to social struggles. When we see two or three of these symptoms or behaviors happening at the same time, we should ask ourselves why.