Understanding the mental health of your teenager

November 30, 2021

Being a teenager is hard. From mood swings to stress-related problems, they face it all in school and at home. Teenagers face challenges every day, which puts them in a bad position because of the toll this can take on their mental health. While this does not apply to everyone and some kids can handle the pressure by themselves,  many may experience a negative impact on their mental wellbeing. . In India, a recent survey was conducted and the results show that one in every four teenagers suffers from depression while anxiety is common with 3 in 4 children aged 8-18 years, and others are experiencing different behavioral and social issues.

So it is high time to consider the importance of mental health within the context of young teenagers who are still figuring out life as a whole. Before we deep dive into teen mental health and how we should treat mental disorders with therapy, it is important to clear some of the common misconceptions people have towards teenagers.

Few Common Misconceptions

#1 Teenagers want to be popular

Many adults, even teachers or professors, think students behave with such mental differences to draw attention from their peers. Still, they don’t understand that teenagers don’t have much control in these situations. It is very much real, and no one should take them for granted.

#2 Mental problems are common nowadays in all teenagers

Many parents are wrong here because they think it is just a trend among young teenagers. At first, they normalize these teenage mental health issues, and before they know it, these issues take over their entire life. It is high time to educate ourselves on what mental disorders look like so we better understand what teenagers nowadays are going through in school and relationships.

# 3 Hormonal fluctuation is the main reason why teenagers face mental health issues

We so often observe people dismissing teenage mental problems because they think hormones fluctuate during puberty, and it entirely affects their poor mental health. The problem here is that- even if emotional difficulties stem from hormones’ fluctuation, we should still address those issues and find the right solution, and not wait till they fade away. We should never decide what someone feels, and it shouldn’t matter what age group they belong to.

Things parents should pay attention to when it comes to their teen’s mental health

Bullying at school

When kids are constantly picked on at school, they tend to experience feelings of sadness and worthlessness. In some cases, those same mental issues may persist into adulthood. Bullies create a real power imbalance, and they go into self-doubt. Try to get in touch with your kid’s friends and ask them how they behave around school or campus. If you find something odd is happening, then show them your support and give them the required strength to stand up for themselves in tough situations. Teenage mental health must be taken seriously for all children.

Family dysfunction

Dysfunctional families affect almost every member of the house, especially young teenagers. They tend to carry the same load of the dysfunctional dynamic and be in the same cycle of parenting problems. When going through divorce or death, let them know you will always be with them- no matter what happens from here on. If people in your family engage in  drugs and alcohol, it can also cause traumatic stress on your child, and it can lead to depression and anxiety.

Social withdrawal 

Physical distancing can have adverse effects on one’s mental well-being and as time goes by. They start to experience anger, loneliness and reduced immune function. Self-isolation is dangerous for teenagers facing mental health issues. It makes them experience negative thoughts, and they can even try to harm their bodies physically. Withdrawal from society and friends is not healthy, resulting in more fights with their close relations.

Peer pressure 

Teenagers face peer pressure almost every day, but those desires to be perfect can change their original behaviour. Peer pressure takes a huge hit on one’s self confidence and for young teenagers, it creates feelings of low self-worth and inadequacy. When things go out of hand, peer pressure can result in teenagers consuming drugs and alcohol. They also start to distance themselves from family and friends. If it is not addressed, teens will remain in a constant cycle of self-doubt.

Learning difficulties 

When teenagers face problems in the classroom because of their learning disabilities, they tend to experience more abuse and neglect. Their peers start to ignore them and they may start to display masked emotional and behavioral behavior. This also leads to peer bullying because students with learning disabilities tend to display more problems in social competence. Teenagers facing learning problems have a completely different conversation pattern, so they often are misunderstood and excluded from social gatherings.

What to expect when sending your child or teen to therapy

Therapy sessions are very different when it comes to teenagers than adults because they have a completely different mental wiring. The first few sessions are never about strategies or treatments because the mental health expert needs to build a strong relationship with your child. As parents, you should also let therapists know some key things that can help communicate with your child.

Once the child feels comfortable, the therapist will offer psycho-education to increase self-awareness and understanding of their mental health issues. One common misunderstanding parents have is that therapists are there to make their child happy. That is not accurate because it is entirely on the child how they effectively cope with emotions. Therapists are active listeners for so many reasons, and it impacts teenagers a lot because they feel accepted and understood for once in their life.

Therapists always monitor the child’s progress, and if there is something wrong with the child’s emotional well-being. They try to understand their thought process and provide a much better treatment plan.

Here’s how heyy, can help

We, here at heyy provide a safe platform for any and all conversations by allowing our users to get in touch with our heyy Helpers and experts. Our mental health experts are always available to help you find your inner strengths and answers to solve your mental health issues.

heyy sets no barriers for any user, and they can openly converse to understand people who have been in the same situation before. We try to understand our users at a more personal level without attaching any tag of therapists that they might find troubling. We are the leading emotional support and online counselling for stress

The process to achieve mental wellness starts with a conversation, and with heyy – you can chat your way through it. We promise to maintain complete confidentiality, and you can choose to be anonymous as well. Teenage life is hard but you don’t have to go through it alone, so if you want to take that next step and take control of your mental health, just send us a heyy!

Reference links

https://www.indiatoday.in/india-today-conclave-mumbai-2019/story/india-leads-the-world-in-teenage-depression-brave-youngsters-share-their-trigger-moments-1601368-2019-09-20

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/12/dismiss-teenagers-mental-health/

https://www.choosingtherapy.com/child-teen-counseling/

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