How to Know It’s Time for a Young Adult to Get Treatment for Mental Health

  • Posted at Mar 24, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
How to Know It’s Time for a Young Adult to Get Treatment for Mental Health

It can be challenging for young people to struggle with the symptoms of mental health conditions. It can also be a challenge for loved ones and parents of young adults who are living with these conditions to know when it’s the right time to step in and offer help. Treatment is a great resource for young adults living with mental health issues to utilize help that’s individualized in order to address specific needs and goals for every young person. But, how can loved ones and parents know when it’s time to help seek treatment for mental health for a young person in their life?

The Struggle Young People Have With Getting Help

Young adults face specific issues that they likely wouldn’t earlier in their lives including challenges with school, friends, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, and more. This pivotal moment in their lives has them jumping from childhood into adulthood, and they may feel overwhelmed with the decisions they have to make in a short amount of time. Thus, leading to the development of mental health issues that can make overcoming these obstacles even more challenging.

Some young adults may feel worried about telling their parents that they are struggling with mental health issues for fear of judgment or non-acceptance. Others may come to their parents or loved ones about what they’re experiencing and voice their need for help. In either case, young adults rely on their loved ones and parents to support them and care about their mental health needs. When loved ones and parents offer to help young adults living with mental health issues by aiding them to find professional treatment, they are more likely to feel supported and less resentful in the future.

Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Issues in Young Adults

Being able to recognize some of the signs and symptoms of mental health issues can help loved ones and parents of young adults who are living with mental health conditions determine whether or not help should be sought. Some of the general signs and symptoms of mental health issues in young adults can include:

  • intense mood swings
  • physical symptoms like chest pains, digestive issues, headaches, etc.
  • insomnia or other sleep issues
  • severe stress and anxiety
  • apathy toward life and previous interests
  • avoidance behaviors
  • not eating or eating too much
  • severe weight gain or weight loss
  • poor hygiene
  • substance abuse
  • self-harming
  • manic episodes
  • feelings of shame, worthlessness, despair, or guilt
  • lack of energy
  • impulsivity
  • self-destructive behaviors

Getting Help for a Young Adult Living With Mental Health Issues

If you find that your young adult loved one is displaying some of these signs or symptoms of mental health issues, it may help to seek treatment. During the treatment process at Yellowbrick, your young adult loved one will undergo an assessment process to determine the symptoms they may be experiencing. And, receive a proper diagnosis if it is found that they are in fact dealing with a mental health condition. After assessment and diagnosis, our mental health specialists team up with young adults and their families to create individual plans for treatment that are specific to the goals and needs of young adults in our care. This includes medication planning, therapy, and even residential housing if it’s necessary. Furthermore, families are included in our care planning as we make family services available in order for parents and loved ones to remain supportive during the treatment process.

Find out more about the young adult mental health treatment programs and services available at Yellowbrick today from our website. And, reach out to get the help you or a young adult loved one needs.

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