According to the National Alliance on Mental Issues, it is shown that 1 in 5 teens suffer with a mental health problem. Most of the teenagers start at age 14 and it can last until the age 24. Discussions with others is the first step of getting help. Mental health develops for complicated reasons that researchers can’t find. According to healthychildren.org, many teens face many pressures which can be: physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, and intellectual. These pressures could easily become overwhelming for teens.
Key Mental Health Issues
The main mental health issues in teens, as stated by healthychildren.org, are Depression, Eating Disorders, and Drug Abuse.
Depression– Many teens suffer with depression which can come from stress and should be treated right away. Signs of depression are changes in sleeping patterns, unexpected weeping or moodiness, eating habits either gaining or losing weight, and abandonment of friends or social groups.
Eating Disorders– Many teens also suffer with an eating disorder worrying about their body image and how they look. Body image concerns could become an obsession and can severely affect teen health. There are two types of eating disorders:
Anorexia: Anorexia is avoidance of food and a different eating habit. Their obsession of losing can trigger them to have an eating disorder. Treatment is needed like seeing a doctor or a therapist immediately. 1 to 200 women suffer with anorexia.
Bulimia: Purging (forced vomit) after eating is a sign of bulimia. Be alert for dramatic weight loss without changing their eating habits and also going to the bathroom after every single meal. 2 to 3 in 100 women suffer with bulimia.
Drug Abuse– Drug Abuse is mostly caused by peer pressure. Mental health issues can not just lead teens to experiment in alcohol and drugs but also to use substances as a “self medication.” Be alert for prescription drug and misuse. According to the AAP, prescription misuse by teens is second only to marijuana and alcohol misuse. Also over-the-counter medications can be abused as well. Teens frequently abuse cold medications.
Make sure to talk to a pediatrician if you have more concerns. So many mental health issues can become serious if not treated right away. Your Pediatrician can provide medical help and also refer you to the best mental health organization and professionals.