Written By: Butler Hospital on January 10, 2024
Mental health-related disorders consist of many different symptoms, signs, and treatment options. It can be difficult to talk about uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, or behaviors at any age, but especially as a teen.
As many parents may know, the teenage years bring about changes in physical appearance, attitude, and relationships. It’s not uncommon to ask yourself “What is wrong with my teen? Is this ‘normal’ behavior?” The truth is, between the ages of 13-17, “normal” is irrelevant. When it comes to adolescent behavior, it’s important to try and understand:
Chances are, the answer isn’t simple. Even if it was, that doesn’t mean your teen is willing to admit it. For those of you who have been brave enough to ask, “Are you okay?” “How was school?” “How are you doing?” - you may have been on the receiving end of a silent, cold, or sassy response. So, what next?
|Lack of sleep
|Extra-curricular activity fatigue
|Body image concerns
|Comparing themselves to others
Potential changes or signs you may notice if your teen is struggling include, but are not limited to:Ignoring friends, canceling plans
For example:A teen who regularly excels in school but is suddenly failing may be a sign of something more.
Disclaimer: The content in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only and should not serve as medical advice, consultation, or diagnosis. If you have a medical concern, please consult your healthcare provider, or seek immediate medical treatment.
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