5 Adolescents Mental Health Warning Signs that may affect the state of mind of a Teenager

Hey Guys! Are you an Adolescent?

Are you in the age group of between 10-19years?

Yes, right.

Are you struggling to cope up with changes that are taking place during the period of Puberty?

Then you are at the right place. This article is helpful for you to understand yourself in a much better way and help you to deal with challenges that you are facing during this period with clarity.

Who is an Adolescent?

According to WHO ‘Adolescents’ as individuals in the age group of 10-19 years. Adolescence is a transitional period of a young person where physical, mental, and social changes take place with the onset of puberty. This is a developmental journey from childhood to adulthood. During this transformative period, a young person experiences a lot of changes in their body, mind, and mood. At this stage, they develop an interest to explore their attraction and desires towards other individuals and relationships. 

What is Adolescents Mental Health:

 It describes how a young person responds to their challenges when it comes to their social, emotional and psychological well-being. During this transitional period, they need accurate, age-appropriate, reliable information and support from their known source to become productive in the actions that they are going to take, and have strong mental health that performs well under any circumstances. But unfortunately, neither at home nor at schools, these issues are being discussed. To meet the desires at this stage, many young individuals often turn to the internet or others. While undergoing such a process of change they might end up with adverse experiences that include violence, identity crisis, bullying, poor sexual and reproductive health, family issues, abusiveness, the exposure of poverty, discrimination, and so on. As a result, They might become vulnerable to their physical as well as mental health like addiction, school dropout, adolescent pregnancy, and suicide.

Adolescents Growth and Development:

Adolescents growth and development
Woman school psychologist talking and helping student, male teenager. The mental health of adolescents, psychology, social issues, professional help of a counselor

In adolescence, a young individual undergoes a lot of physical, emotional, and psychological, and social changes. As a teenager, they are getting dominated by their hormones at this stage. And some of them might lose their intelligence over hormones.

These are some common mental and emotional changes that are taking place during this adolescence stage:

  • Desire to act to sexual attraction, started dating, kissing, getting intimated or motivating someone to have sex.
  • As a teen, they started forming their own community with different types of people rather than the members of  their own family, friends, or relatives. As a means of establishing themselves as an independent individual who pushes boundaries beyond limits.
  •  During this transitional adolescence stage, an individual starts comparing themselves with others to an extent how, and where they fit themselves into this ever changing World.
  • An individual starts identifying them by exploring spirituality that helps to figure out who they are.
  • At this transformation stage, a young person often makes decisions emotionally rather than intellectually.

5 Adolescence Mental Health Warning Signs:

Adverse experience to cope up with the changes that take place during adolescence

Most people are diagnosed with a mental disorder in their later adulthood like depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia while it started during their adolescence period. But often unidentified while an individual undergoes their physical and emotional changes at their adolescence stage. This leads to them in a more detrimental stage than ever.

There are common mental illnesses that occur in the adolescence period: 

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: This is an Anxiety Disorder Symptoms in other words. Instead of dealing with the symptoms, an individual is trying to keep with the work, school, or other activities. It drains lots of energy. It describes fear or worry. An individual starts avoiding friends due to anxiety. A young person starts failing to cope up with things, feeling more distressed. The person is always trying to hide the situation from others to avoid being ashamed or judgemental. The person seems to be exhausted for no reason.

Physical Pain: Mental health can affect physical health. It has an integrated approach to its body and its mind. Similarly, physical health can affect mental health too.

According to researchers, 50% of people that suffer chronic pain experience the symptoms of Depression.

When an individual is expecting something to be his or her way and does not happen, then the person feels more depressed than ever due to his or her hypersensitive ego. Depressed people hurt themselves. The depressed people often go on sharpening their knives and cutting their own hearts. 

Anxiety, depression can cause stomach upset, indigestion, body aches, and headaches. There is research going on in this area that the factors like personal, psychological, or biological can influence the pain sensitivity that connects to mental illness.

Jack of all Traits: A desire to become perfect in all areas of life. This is one of the ways an individual sets a standard for himself or herself to present to others, or to the surroundings he or she dwells in.  

People who are dealing with disorders like anxiety, or lack of proper nutrition diet, develop a desire to achieve perfection in all areas of their lives but end up with nowhere.

Lack of Self Respect: In psychiatry, an inability to experience pleasure is referred to as “anhedonia”. People who are depressed, anxious, or upset, often show disrespect to themselves. They show less interest in showing excitement, joy, and happiness when they are around others.

Avoidance: Procrastination, lack of motivation to a certain task or to certain people are of its kind of mental illnesses. Avoidance can also be seen in people with schizophrenia. 

How does technology affect Adolescents Mental Health?

Tech and Teen
Tech and Teen

Some of the following ways that affect Adolescents Mental Health:

  • Sleep disruption
  • Increase focusing on appearance
  • Violation of handling images
  • Cyberbullying
  • Become more addictive in nature
  • More focus on scrolling than socialising

How does peer culture affect the behavior of an adolescent?

Peer culture affect the behaviour of a teen
Peer culture affect the behaviour of a teen

When a friend of an individual pressurizes to do something that too forcefully comes under Peer pressure. To identify the actual meaning of peer pressure, an individual has to undergo some learning processes to deal with it. Learn to say ‘No’ while it comes to irresistible pressure from your friend. If any individual ends up doing something under peer pressure that he or she didn’t want to do, leads him or her to start disrespecting himself or herself first and undergo some sort of trauma that couldn’t be revealed to someone for a longer period of time. As a result, he or she starts killing herself or himself innately.

Indian Adolescents problems and their management:
A balanced nutritional DIET
A balanced nutritional DIET

Adolescents undergo a constellation of changes in their physical, mental and social stages at their transitional stage. It is a very delicate period for them. Some of the changes are of its kind as :

  • During Adolescence, menstruation and nightfall takes place among girls and boys respectively. Due to the onsite puberty, teenagers become anxious and find most of the restless.
  • They become irritated easily
  • They lose the focus to coordinate with others
  • Emotional instability can be observed in them
  • They are suffering from identity crisis
  • They become less responsive to the Society

There are some strategies that help to manage to overcome the problems of adolescents:

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  • An adolescent is to be encouraged to always play games and sports in order to develop the Motor skill.
  • Many adolescents have the ability to overcome their problems by themselves through the support of their parents, and their teachers. 
  • Every adolescent to be dealt with empathetically
  • To expose their intelligence, aptitudes and interest, adolescents should undergo vocational training.
  • Moral and Religious education helps adolescents to provide mental peace and help them to overcome stress, anxiety.
  • Every adolescent should utilize the proper opportunities to live a healthy life. A proper environment should be given to them for their growth and development. They should be given a balanced nutritional diet, inspire them to go for regular exercises and a proper bed timing through a routine to be scheduled for them.

Finally, an adolescent requires proper attention from his or her parents, teachers, school, local community to develop respect for themselves and for others. They are the future leaders of the World. The more we nourish them with the utmost care, the more successful they become in their way. 

FAQ

FAQ

  • 1. What is adolescent health?
  • It is the transitional phase of a young individual who undergoes a lot of changes that include physical, mental, and social.
  • 2. Who is an adolescent?
    According to WHO ‘Adolescents’ are individuals in the age group of 10-19yearsAdd Image
  • 3. What is the most common psychological problem in adolescents?
    Anxiety DisorderAdd Image

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