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Mental health stats for teens Half of all mental health conditions in adulthood emerge by age 14, and three quarters by 24. Which is why it is so important to talk about what's going on and seek support early. Just like physical conditions, mental health issues can be managed. With the right support and treatment, you can get back to enjoying life.
Common mental health issues for teenagers Many people your age feel down or upset at times. It’s common to think things like:
I feel alone
I hate myself
I’m being bullied
I feel angry all the time
No one understands me
I’m too fat or skinny
I think I might be gay or bi
I want to numb my feelings
I’ve got a drug problem
I’m being sexually abused
Everyone hates me
One of the most serious mental health issues you can have is feeling like you want to hurt yourself, or worse, wanting to kill yourself. If you are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts, it’s definitely time to get help...
Checklist Signs of Concern: If you’ve noticed some of the following changes in your emotions and behaviour, talk things through with your GP or seea counsellor.
Frequent, unexplained temper tantrums
High Levels of Anxiety or Panic Attacks
Difﬁculty going to sleep or staying asleep
Sadness and feelings of hopelessness that don’t go away
Avoiding friends or family and wanting to be alone most of the time
Skipping school. Refusing to go to preschool, school or after school on a regular basis
Inability to get along with other children
Hyperactive behaviour or constant movement beyond regular playing
Noticeable disinterest in learning or slipping grades
Frequent aggressive reactions (more than is reasonably expected in the situation)
Difﬁculties with concentration, attention and organisation
Any other changes from their usual way of acting over a short period of time
How can I improve my mental health? The good news is that, like most physical illnesses, mental health issues for teenagers and adolescents can be managed or treated. There’s plenty you can do for yourself, and there’s plenty that other people can do to help.
Here are some tips to get you started:e
Eat well with protein and good fats for neuron health
Ensure to get enough sleep to heal the body from stress
Exercise every day - Creates happy hormones
Find out more about your particular issue (If you know)
If you’re using drugs and alcohol, slow down – these tend to muddle the mind and create paranoia
Learn some relaxation techniques to help you deal with stress, such as mindfulness or meditation
Journal your feelings. Write it down
Be open about your needs and problems and communicate them to your parents, doctor or trusted friends
Reach out and ask for help
If you need someone to talk to, call Ghita on 0439 888 070.
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