Recognizing signs of mental health issues in teenagers
Sometimes it’s hard for parents and caregivers of teens to tell what is typical teenage behavior and what could be cause for concern. Some things that may be possible reg flags are ongoing irritability and incidents of unprovoked rage. Most teens bicker with their family, but are the conflicts happening more frequently? Are they more intense?
Withdrawing from close relationships or favorite activities is another warning sign. If your teen is usually texting with friends multiple times a day or hanging out with friends every weekend and suddenly they’re not, it might be a red flag. If they’re dropping out of extracurricular activities or finding excuses not to go, it could be a warning sign.
Another sign of distress may be a sudden slip in grades or a noticeable lack of effort or interest in schoolwork. Skipping school or frequently pleading to stay home when they’re not sick can also be a sign that something isn’t right.
Depression and anxiety can also present as a wide range of physical symptoms, such as:
- Insomnia or chronic fatigue
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Trouble concentrating
- Stomach issues