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Mental Health in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of growth, change and challenge.   Teenagers face many stresses and are known for their moodiness.  It’s important to realize when a teen’s sadness or withdrawal is something more serious.  

 

According to the National Mental Health Information Center, consideration should be given to seeking professional help when a teen-ager:
  • Experiences persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Often feels very angry or very worried 
  • Feels grief for a long time after a loss or death
  • Thinks his/her mind is controlled or out of control
  • Uses alcohol or drugs
  • Exercises, diets and/or binges/eats obsessively
  • Hurts other people or destroys property
  • Does reckless things that could harm themselves or others