Adolescence 10 — 19 years is a unique and formative time. Whilst most adolescents have good mental health, multiple physical, emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse, or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. Promoting psychological well-being and protecting adolescents from adverse experiences and risk factors which may impact their potential to thrive are not only critical for their well-being during adolescence, but also for their physical and mental health in adulthood. Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns; taking regular exercise; developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and learning to manage emotions.
Mental Health Issues On the Rise Among Adolescents, Young Adults
The number of adolescents ages who experienced a major depressive episode was higher in than in any year in the previous decade. When a person has a mental health and substance use disorder at the same time, they have co-occurring disorders. A study found that more than 29 percent of youth who started using alcohol within the past year did so after a major depressive episode, compared to The same pattern also occurred with the use of illicit drugs.
Being a teenager is hard. You're under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family, and make big decisions. You can't avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem. Mental health problems are real, painful, and sometimes severe.
Back to Moodzone. It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful to know the signs of a possible problem. Read more about depression.
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