It is important for you to be aware of some of the signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders and how to get support or help.
Physical signs and symptoms
Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
Changes in appearance - not taking care of oneself
Unexplained lack of energy
Shortness of breath
Mental signs and symptoms
Difficulty making decisions
Fear of the future
Behavioral signs and symptoms
Frequent and unexplained crying spells
Withdrawal from others
Inability to manage typical responsibilities
Loss of motivation
Use of drugs or alcohol
Inability to sit still
Avoiding situations that may cause anxiety
Emotional signs and symptoms
Excessive irritability or anger
Lack of inhibition
Over-sensitivity to comments or criticism
Feelings of worthlessness
The signs and symptoms for mental health disorders can often mirror typical experiences in adolescent development and it can be difficult for teens to realize when they need help.
How to know the difference Determine how much your life is being affected. A typical teen may not want to spend a lot of time with their family, but it’s abnormal for them to also pull away from their friends and withdrawal completely. It is healthy for a young person to be nervous before a big soccer game but it is abnormal for them to be too afraid to participate in extracurricular activities or drop all of the activities they once enjoyed. If things like school, extracurricular activities, or interactions with friends and family are being significantly affected, a teen may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder.