Mental illness in teens

Mental illness in Young adults and Teens

Mental illness in Young adults and Teens

Nearly, 50% of all lifetime mental illness develops by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24 according to a study. Both teens and young adults thus suffer from mental health condition often. Warning signs of suicidal behavior in teens and young adults are:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
  • Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors
  • Sudden, overwhelming fear for no reason
  • Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Seeing, hearing or believing things that are not real
  • Repeatedly using drugs or alcohol
  • Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities

Teens and young adults need to be taught, that mental health condition is not their fault or family’s fault. It develops for different complicated reasons and the reasons are not simple to understand. Teens must seek help and asking help is not a weakness. Seeking help by reaching family member, parents, coach, friend or a trusted adult will help you to overcome fears and stress. There are mental health services with support are available. Accessing these services will do better. Take charge of your mental health. Get support and live your life to the fullest.


Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 13, 2019

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