Did you know that approximately 50% of students ages 14 and older who are living with a mental illness drop out of high school? Many high school teenagers go through so many issues such as peer pressure, mental, time management, self-appearance, exams and learning about themselves through their teen years.
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health includes specific areas as emotional, psychological, mental problems,
and social-being. The state of your mental health can sometimes lead to a huge hold on your decisions that you make in life.
Signs of a Stressed Teenager
- Excessive sleeping, beyond teenage fatigue, which may lead to depression
- Loss of self-esteem
- Excessive isolation
- Eating habits that may result in weight gain or weight loss
Common Mental Health Issues among Teenagers
- Eating Disorders (Bulimia and Anorexia)
- Drug Abuse (Over–the-counter and prescription Drugs)
Most treatments result in medication, but others are treated differently. For some mental health issues, some are require attending therapeutic sessions, whether its cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and family focused therapy (FFT), every child may not be treated the same. CBT can be use to help treat children who are suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, and schizophrenia. DBT is use to treat for patients with borderline personality border (BPD). IPT is mainly used to treat depression or dysthymia. FFT is mainly used to treat patients with bipolar disorder specifically.
Prevention Tips for Parents
- Communication is the best thing to have between you and your teenager or adolescent
- Continue to be honest and open with them, and he or she will eventually open up to you, and let you know what their facing
- Always beware of your teens change of behavior, this is one sign that you need to notice as soon as possible to avoid any mental health issue progression
- Understanding that mental health disorders are treatable and that your child does not have to suffer with it all of their life.
Did you know that National Depression Screening Day is October 8, 2015? Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 15-24. Over 90 percent of children and adolescents who commit suicide have a mental disorder. Share this information with your loved ones, and you may be able to help a teenager today.