Read on to learn more about what these issues are, as well as what parents can do to help their children.
Teen mental health issues
Adolescence is a formative time. This is a turning point wherein teenagers are no longer kids, but are not quite adults yet. This is because their brains are not yet fully developed, and they may not have the skills that help them to make decisions and take different perspectives.
This puts them in a situation where a lot of things can seem confusing, and it can also make them more vulnerable to mental health problems.
During this time, parents need to pay extra attention to their teen’s mental health.
Here are some of the more common mental health issues that teens can experience:
Depression is one of the most common mental health issues that teens face. Most people might associate depression with severe sadness, but this is not always the case.
Sometimes the symptoms of depression can manifest as a lack of interest in things. A person with depression might feel numb, or disinterested in activities that they used to enjoy. They might feel as if they’re just “going through the motions” of their day.
Here are some of the symptoms of depression:
- Sadness or feeling empty
- Feeling hopeless or pessimistic