The teenage season is an important building block of a person’s life. During this season, significant shifts take place: teenagers change the way they think, perceive other people and interact with them, see themselves and common relationship models, and cope with emotions and feelings.
There are specific recommendations for them to recognize their needs, acquire healthy interaction patterns, and prevent distress. Luckily, young people have various types of therapy at their disposal. If you or someone you know are at this age and want to ensure your mental well-being or learn to cope better, read this article.
Signs They Need Support: Red & Yellow Flags to Notice in a Teenager
In this century, when humanity has learned to cure so many diseases, our young generation is still struggling with something else. This struggle is with depression, anxiety, and stress. It is reported that nine out of 10 young people of the Z generation (teens from 15 to 21 years old) had to oppose at least one of the symptoms of mental disorders, according to the American Psychological Association study. The research focused on the stress caused by the news. The fact remains that teens are dealing with mental health issues a lot these days.
Mental health issues don’t appear out of the blue. Oftentimes, there are reasons behind this, and they vary for every individual. Whatever the trigger is, recognizing a crisis or dangerous state of mind is the first thing to talk about. If you are a parent, family member, or friend, look for the following:
- Isolating themselves from friends, even on social media
- Engaging in self-harming habits or behaviors
- Showing no interest in activities that were previously favorite
- Having uncontrollable fear and anxiety while a situation doesn’t prompt that
- Dropping in academic performance
- Having mood swings, as well as great changes in behavior and preferences
- Having trouble sleeping
- Feeling depressed or very sad for over 2 weeks
- Getting aggressive or extremely angry without a justifiable reason
- Losing weight drastically & obtaining eating disorders
- Starts to take new risks, untypical for them in a normal state
All of these signs are likely to be coping mechanisms that a child engages in to manage a high stress level. If left unnoticed, they can lead to a severe crisis or suicide, so it is always best to identify red flags early.
How should you act if one or a few signs of this list are present? Now, the first advice a parent or teacher should accept is to leave all judgment behind. Blaming and shaming have never done anything good in such cases. The fact that a teen experiences difficulties should be a wake-up call for families and friends to start taking action and making this season easier for a teenager.
Other vital things include:
Contacting a Professional
Don’t delay seeing an expert if your child or student is having severe blues. Trust lines and numbers are one of the ways; however, there is not a single one. In the United States, this number is 988 and can be used for chats or phone calls. Starting sessions with a psychologist or, if needed, a psychiatrist is a brilliant idea.
Contemporary specialists can offer counseling to address quite specific issues within a person’s inner world, such as ADHD, bulimia nervosa, depression, intrusive thoughts, as well as ill-mannered forms of communication that include abuse or bullying. This usually takes time but bears fruit if therapy takes place regularly.
Be a Friendly and Encouraging Adult
This means being standing by them all the time. If the foundation of a trust relationship has been laid already and you are a parent or family member, the child can open their feelings, continue to be one, and increase support.
Demonstrate love and affection, spend time together, and seek solutions or ways to improve their wellbeing. Sharing with someone who is showing interest in what is happening to a child is the best solution.
Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle
Nothing should be done out of force so that you could show an example of healthy balance in eating, physical exercise, and the use of social media. Make sure your teen gets enough night sleep; otherwise symptoms can get worse.
How to Help Yourself If You Think Your Mental Health Is Suffering
Apart from looking at the matter as a complex issue, there are simple tricks to relieve yourself once you notice something going wrong. These guidelines are given by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Find a Relaxing Activity
From book clubs or self-care rituals to specialized apps, everyone can try something new that they enjoy, allowing them to unwind from time to time.
Limit Device Time
In a world where one can’t survive without gadgets, it’s impossible to avoid them altogether. Just make sure you limit your exposure to blue light, especially in the dark half of the day.
Set New Objectives
A purpose-driven person is full of beans and harder to break. Even in difficult circumstances, continue to dream big and make steps toward your dream.
Don’t freeze up if you’re going through a valley: contact friends or coaches, talk to people, and help others.
Remember that there is always a way out, and you will make it through every hardship.