Parents are full of hopes and dreams for their children. They may imagine their daughter becoming the first female president, or their son finding the cure for cancer. No parent holds a newborn and wishes that the child will become a troubled teen. Unfortunately, despite parents' best efforts, it's possible for a teenager to exhibit some terribly frightening behaviors. An out-of-control teen may be verbally or physically abusive, dive into dark worlds of drugs and alcohol, drop out of school or run away from home. He or she might acquire a criminal record. Parents may feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to the troubled teenager in their family, and it's unlikely that there's a quick fix or a cure. Still, we can provide you with some tips for helping a teen in crisis.