The adolescent and teenage years are difficult. The combination of peer and societal pressures, plus the tumultuous life transitions that accompany these years (hormonal, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and sexual), can make life very challenging during this time. These difficulties often don’t ease, and frequently increase, as teenagers progress into the college and early young adult years. The pressures can feel overwhelming and often lead to serious and occasionally dangerous mental health problems, such as:
- Behavioral problems
- Substance use
- School problems
- Eating disorders
Research has demonstrated that most mental health disorders are developmental in nature and typically start early in life. Many people who suffer from mental health difficulties showed signs before they were 24 years old. This is true for conditions that are well known to have onset in childhood, such as autism and ADHD, but also for mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Early intervention is essential.
It is important to understand that adolescents, teenagers, and young adults may experience symptoms that are hard to identify and different from adults. For example, adults that experience depression are frequently withdrawn and quiet—depression in adolescents, teenagers, and young adults is often obscured through a veil of frequent expressions of anger and/or drug use. Directly below is a list of red flags that may indicate an established or budding mental health disorder.
- Frequent anger
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Using alcohol or other drugs
- Low energy
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Changes in eating patterns
- Excessive moodiness
- Unexpected crying
- Thoughts of suicide
Although all mental health problems are serious, depression, eating disorders, and drug abuse are the most serious and dangerous. If your child is experiencing any symptoms related to these problems, it is important that they get evaluated and treated by a mental health professional as soon as possible.
Mental health problems and disorders can be scary, but can be treated. The most important aspect is not delaying and finding a mental health professional that is the right fit for your child.
Adolescents, teenagers, and young adults are often nervous, hesitant, or extremely resistant—
We at Arvon & Associates understand this difficulty and have had success with many young clients who were initially extremely unwilling to talk with a therapist and engage in the therapeutic process.
We pride ourselves in being able to provide a therapist who is the right fit and is able to quickly gain both your child and your trust.
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