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

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