Mental awareness – Some facts to help you

Jazmine Routin

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Did you know that one out of every five teenagers have a mental disorder? According to The Live Science Staff, it affects someone from the ages 13-18 on a daily basis. The 4 most common mental disorders in teens are anxiety, depression, ADHD, and eating disorders. If someone you know ever feels like self-harming, please tell an adult. Try to bring it up to your doctor at your next visit. If you ever need someone to talk to please don’t hesitate to talk to a trusted adult.

One in thirteen teenagers have anxiety. 70% of teenagers find that anxiety is a major problem but, 26% of teenagers say its a minor problem. Anxiety occurs in approximately 32% of 13-18-year-olds.  Some signs of this disorder are feeling restless, wound-up, being on edge, feeling irritable, difficulty to focus, and sleep issues. If someone wants to see someone about this, here are some ways. Cognitive-behavioral therapy may help. Maybe even talk to your doctor about any medication that could help. 

Depression occurs in approximately 13% of 12-18-year-olds. There are 4 different types of depression, 5 if you include bipolar depression. Some signs of these depressions are the persistent feeling of sadness/emptiness, feeling hopeless or helpless, irritability, difficulty sleeping and concentrating. If someone you know would like to talk to someone about it, talk to a counselor or a trusted adult may help. It may also help to get therapy or talk to a doctor. Some types of therapies that would work are physiotherapies or brain stimulation therapies. 

Attention deficient-hyperactivity disorder is more commonly known as ADHD.  This occurs in 9% of teenagers from age 13-18-year-olds. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity all relate to ADHD. Some signs of this condition are concentration difficulties, always fidgety (even in inappropriate situations), and often feeling restless. There are medications for this. These medications, however, could have some side effects. There are also some therapies for this. These include psychotherapy, psychosocial therapy, behavioral therapy and more. 

Eating disorders occur in almost 3% of 13-18-year-olds. There are 3 different types of eating disorders. Eating disorders are very serious and can be fatal. Some signs of these are changes in eating habits, constant tiredness, and mild anemia. Some therapies and treatments are medications, medical care and monitoring, and nutritional consoling. 

These are just a few common disorders in teenagers. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these are the main ones that teenagers face. If someone needs to talk, they have a text or call line if ever in need. 

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