Teenager Mental Health Resources And Services
Adolescence is a phase of human development during which people go from childhood to adult life. It typically is characterized by entering and experiencing puberty, which usually begins between the ages of 10 and 12. The years between 13 and 18 are often referred to as “teenage years” and may feature both mood and physical changes. Here you will find articles about teenagers and unique mental health challenges they may face. Whether you are a teenager now, know one, or work with young people, this section can help you better understand what they experience.
Adolescent mental health is an important topic, with the American Academy of Pediatrics reporting that the prevalence of mental health problems in teens is high, and rising even more quickly after the Covid pandemic. Risk factors for certain mental health conditions are high during adolescent development, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, conduct disorder, and eating disorders. Often young people spend a lot of time in excessive worry over expectations from school, parents, and peers. They can face sexual violence, poor body image, and peer pressure. Pregnant adolescents may deal with stigma from their community, as well as fear of the unknown. All of these challenges can contribute to mental health difficulties. And on top of all this, warning signs for poor mental health are often ignored due to mental health stigma.
Mental health care is health care, and can be just as important as caring for physical health in high school students and young adults. Mental health services are available to address adolescent mental health, you can get started by contacting your child’s pediatrician for more information.