The Risks of Wanting to Fit In as a Teen with TBI

[Mariann Young, PhD - Clinical Psychologist - Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.] They're so desperate to fit in, and I use the word desperate and it's a tough word, but they really are because they're found out. They're found out right away by—especially if they're in high school—the kids are smart. If they make a mistake in using a word, or in judgment, as adults we're forgiven. Their friends aren't forgiving—their friends look at them and think what's wrong with them, and they walk away. Kids that are injured that young are so vulnerable, and I can tell you that we've worked with kids who have been on the school bus and someone brings in rubbing alcohol and says this is alcohol, who's gonna drink it and the injured person drinks it because they're desperate to fit in. They're the ones that truly hold a stolen iPod. Someone else steals it, they hold it because they just wanna be friends. The results can be horrible, the one—the poisoning, they had to go to the hospital but the other kid was arrested by a school liaison. And this is where these children—or these teens—are so vulnerable because like I said, it is almost a desperation to fit in, so they won't think things through. They typically don't have the ability to think things through, they act on that impulse and they think people like them, and a lot of times they're set up and they make poor decisions.

"Kids with TBI are desperate to fit in with their peers, which can make them incredibly vulnerable," says clinical psychologist Mariann Young.

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Mariann Young

Mariann Young, PhD, CBIS, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with TBIs for over 20 years initially at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and currently at Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. 

Posted on BrainLine April 30, 2014

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Justin Rhodes, BrainLine.

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