Distinguishing Mental Health Problems in Teenagers


Teenagers are considered as one of the most active group of individuals today. However, there are times that teens are already having some kind of mental health problem and yet it is  adults fail to recognize it.

Because of misinterpretation and ignorance, teens get to experience less understanding from their parents thus, leading to a more complicated situation which is of mental illness.

Here is the UK I do not believe it to be unreasonable to say that our culture generally fears teenagers, especially when they are in small groups. This leads to a certain level of cultural unspoken isolation from the community. Generally the cultural role of the teenager in the UK is not a positive one.

The teenage period of life can the hardest stage for both the parents and the child. Adolescents tend to be in a higher level of stress because of the low levels of life experience coupled with the biggest changes and decisions that will affect their future.

Some of the most obvious manifestations of mental problems are hopelessness, depression, and worthlessness. Problems concerning the mind will co-exist with the emotional status of the adolescent. Usually, mental/emotional problems are painful and very real. When an emotional problem is difficult to resolve, it is not unusual to see self-imposed isolation from the outside world and/or regression back to more juvenile form of coping behaviours.

Distinguish troubles like:

Overreaction on simple and immature things, has become deeply emotional and cries a lot, and is often angered by situations.

    • Feels guilty and worthless.
    • Keeps on worrying with a lot of things and is very anxious.
    • Long-term grieving after a loss.
    • Fearful, sometimes, more than kids can be.
    • Concerned about the problems with his or her appearance.
    • Being scared that he or she might go overboard and out-of-control.

Your teenager can also manifest things that are based on the mental aspect like:

    • Instead of making good grades, he or she flunks every single subject in her class.
    • Lost interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy doing.
    • Unexplainable change in eating and sleeping habits.
    • Isolates himself all the time. He doesn’t accept visitors, doesnít want to talk to anyone within the family, and avoids all of his friends.
    • Having difficulties in finishing things to be done like chores or homework.
    • Talks about morbid things and about death and dying.
    • Keeps on having hallucinations and delusions.

Once these behaviors are already seen in a teenager, it is time to ask for help. To be able to handle the situation effectively, mental health professionals can be consulted.