With each new generation come new challenges or different versions of the same struggles that have affected teens for decades. Bullying, peer pressure, body shaming, negative self-perception — the list of teen issues goes on and on. As a parent, you might have your own list from when you were young, but you may be unsure if it fully equips you to help your teen through their own difficulties.
Kids and teens are constantly changing. They grow up quickly and before you know it, your giggly, energetic toddler is a teenager who sleeps until noon. But with all these changes going on, how can we tell which changes are normal?
But early intervention and proper treatment is the key to helping your teen feel better. If you suspect your teen has a mental illness, seek professional help right away. Sometimes, parents struggle to acknowledge their suspicion that their teen may have a mental illness.
And these teen mental disorders are on the rise. In fact, experts say that mental disorders in teenagers are at an all-time high. In addition to depression and anxiety, teenage mental health issues include trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, and schizophrenia. Furthermore, teenage behavior disorders, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, are also classified as psychological disorders in teens.
The evidence that more children and young people are suffering from mental health problems leads to one obvious question: why? While the research was a primarily statistical exercise, it still yielded significant clues about associations, which may also be causes. Having a parent who has been receiving disability-related income also appeared to be a risk factor, or at least to involve a statistically interesting correlation.
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health.
As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagersthese and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders; all are matters of concern, and some are life-threatening. Talk about your own experiences and fears when you were an adolescent.
Health and Wellness. Mental illness is more common in teens than you think. For a person to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, physicians generally look for depressed mood or a lack of interest in hobbies or recreational activities. However, in teens, these signs might show up as changes in their grades, a disinterest in friends, or out-of-character irritability.
Mental health is an important part of overall health for children as well as adults. For many adults who have mental disorders, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and adolescence. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be.