Rising Stress: The Status of Teen Mental Health

Everyone knows of the old curmudgeon who walked ten miles in the snow just to get to school. Kids these days really have it easy, don’t they? According to most adults, no, they don’t.

When asked to describe the quality levels of family time and positive thinking of children today, over half of the adults responded that it is lower today than it was during their youth. As a matter of fact, 55% of respondents believe that teen mental health is worse today than in the generations past – and, consequently, this is affecting their friendships, relationships, and stress levels. Mental health wasn’t the only factor deemed at risk – some 42% of adults believe there is a decline in children’s physical health as well. Only those over 70 were likely to respond that the physical health levels of today’s children are better than that of the mid-twentieth century. 

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The polls also reveal that adults view the shifting cultural trends as potential offenders when it comes to affecting their children. Bullying, stress, and depression are all cited as problem areas for many adults. The fact that adults are worried about teen mental health today may be a blessing in disguise: although the problem may be widespread and difficult to eradicate, there is a shift in the conversation. Nowadays, bullying isn’t “tough love” and mental illness isn’t only for girls. The rise in mental health awareness can allow progress to take place and struggling children not to be ignored.

Helping Troubled Teens

As a parent, there are several things to do that can help shift the tide. Aside from participating in the community and ensuring that every child has access to the help they may need, it is important to remain vigilant for signs of mental illness in your child. It can be hard for a parent to watch their child struggle and even harder to acknowledge that your child has a mental illness, but acting early can play a crucial role in your child’s well-being. Limiting stress and maintaining a healthy routine is also extremely important: in the end, an overworked child won’t be as productive as one, who eats, exercises, and sleeps well. Helping your child achieve success begins with promoting their health; with a positive lifestyle, your child will be well-prepared for a journey of success.

Elevations Can Help

Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens struggling with depression and other emotional or behavioral issues, can help your struggling teen find success.

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