Mental Health and Teens : Know the Red Flags
Being an adolescent is not easy. Transition from childhood to the age of adolescence is accompanied by emotional, physical, hormonal, intellectual, social and sexual changes. The problems and pressures that teens encounter can be too overwhelming and can lead to mental health disorders that can be life threatening .
What are the red flags of mental health disorders ?
- Loss of self esteem.
- Loss of appetite and weight loss which could indicate an eating disorder .
- Excessive sleep beyond what is normal could indicate depression or substance abuse.
- Personality changes such as aggressiveness and excessive anger that are out of character. This could be an indication of psychological, sexual or drug problems.
- Excessive worry or fear.
- Feeling excessively low or sad.
- Dramatic decline in school grades .
- Avoiding friends and social activities
Concerns about your adolescent’s mental health should first be addressed with your child. It is important to foster open communication. It goes a long way toward fostering sound adolescent mental health habits. If you have serious concerns, discuss it with your pediatrician.
Warning signs and symptoms.National Alliance of Mental Health. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms. Accessed September 13th, 2020
Mental Illness in Children. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/mental-illness-in-children/art-20046577. Accessed September 13th, 2020