Mental Illness in Teens: An Issue that Deserves Attention

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It is becoming more and more apparent that mental illness in teens is a real issue that requires immediate attention. In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, it was revealed that up to 1 in 5 young people in the United States struggle with mental illness. It was also found that the prevalence of mental illness among America’s youth seems to be increasing. Knowing the warning signs of mental illness has the potential to not just improve your child’s life, but in some cases save it. 

Mental illnesses often develop early

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders develop as early as 14-years-old. Though the medical community has many effective treatments for mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, only about 20 percent of youth with mental disorders get the help they so desperately need. Those 80 percent that don’t receive treatment have a large possibility of their mental disorders becoming even more difficult to treat. 

Warning signs of mental illness in teens

The earlier your child gets treatment, the more likely they are of overcoming and moving past their disorder. This is why it’s extremely important that parents know the warning signs of mental illness in teens.

From the American Psychiatric Foundation, common signs include: 

  • Decrease in school performance
  • Noticeable changes in sleeping/eating patterns
  • Continuous physical complaints
  • Acting out sexually
  • Prolonged negative attitude/mood
  • Alcohol/drug use
  • Threats or acts of self-harm
  • Frequent outbursts of anger

Getting treatment

If you believe your teen is struggling with a mental illness, it’s important to seek out professional help. Many effective treatments and programs exist to help your family through this difficult time, but it can be hard finding the one that will do the most for your child.

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for adolescents struggling with issues, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and many more. We can help lead your child back onto a healthier path.

For more information about how Elevations RTC treats mental illness in teens, contact us today at .  

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