It can be challenging for anyone who is living with a mental health issue to know when it’s the right time to get help. But, for young adults and adolescents and parents of these individuals, it can be even more difficult to understand when help should be sought out. This can be the case because young adults may not have the best access to help or are avoidant of help out of fear of judgment from family or friends. But, there are things that people of this age group and parents of adolescents can recognize in order to help identify whether or not adolescent mental health treatment services may be necessary.
It’s unfortunate, but young people in our country are experiencing higher levels of mental illness and almost 50% of young adults experience mental health issues at some point in their lives. This increases the need for mental health treatment services for young adults. Some statistics relating to adolescent mental health include:
The difficulties that young adults face with schooling, social pressures, and pressures for their futures can increase their risk of developing mental health issues. Furthermore, the prevalence of social media impacts is also putting pressure on this age group at risk for developing issues with self-confidence, sleep issues, and more that can contribute to the development of mental health issues.
One thing that adolescents and parents can do to understand whether or not mental health help should be sought out is to look for warning signs and symptoms of mental health issues. Some of the common signs of developed mental health issues in young adults can include:
If you or a young adult you love is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s best not to delay. Mental health issues can lead to self-harming behaviors or health issues that can lead to damaging symptoms. However, help is available for those who need it. The best thing you can do is to reach out and contact mental health treatment services that offer specialized care for young adults. Getting in touch with a facility or provider that offers individualized treatment specifically for adolescents can ensure that you or your loved one is being cared for according to your or their personalized needs.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.