Mental health is a topic of concern in today’s world and keeping this in mind 10 October is celebrated as ‘World Mental Health Day‘ the objective of this day is to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and efforts in support of mental health.
In current times, the mental health of an individual is a matter of discussion but in emerging time teenagers are seen being more mentally stressed and tired which is not a good sign for any country.
” Think about what it means to be a teenager. Okay? , your parents pressure you to succeed. Your friends pressure you to do shit you don’t want to do. Social Media pressures you to hate your body. It’s hard, even if you’re a well-adjusted kid from a good family. ‘Being Young is so painful.’ ” excerpt from a movie Chemical Hearts.
Teenagers are between childhood and adulthood and they are at the stage where they are learning to live on their own self. And it is common that teenagers show undesirable decisions and start indicating mental health issues.
Its is normal to have a mental issue but when that issue starts affecting your life and health then that’s a matter of concern.
In this competitive world, the teenager is loaded with the pressure of being the best and lot of things are expected from them. Burdening with a lot of expectation sometimes leads to disappointment which eventually makes one feel useless.
For example, many companies are providing Coding program for 8-year-old kids. At this stage, when you are not even able to take the decision of small things such as buying clothes. So, How would an 8-year-old kid grasp coding techniques?
Parents want their children to be expert in every field but they are not even asked before, are they comfortable or not. They are just burdened with expectations and hence mental issues and problems.
Because of this today teenage are more likely to get depressed and get anxiety attacks. Hence it is very important to know about symptoms and illness related to teenage mental health.
The symptoms are sometimes not visible to other people and so, some of the symptoms to find about your child can be :
- Changes in his/her sleeping schedule
- Change in the energy level
- Changes in concentration or task completion
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in motivation
- Thoughts of suicide
These symptoms may lead to a different type of mental ‘illness.’ Few common types of mental illness in teens are:
- Generalized anxiety—Uneccessary worry about the everyday matter
- Depression—Constant feelings of sadness, anxiety or emptiness/loneliness.
- Social phobias—Severe feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity in social surroundings.
According to WHO, all mental health conditions start by age of 14 and suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-old.
It is necessary to address adolescent mental health conditions and this could start right from parents participation. All parents need to do is:
- Watch on your child and identify the symptoms and talk to them in a friendly manner.
- When symptoms are known to work with a therapist on an action plan dealing for them.
- Don’t compare your child with other children.
- Talk with your child about mental health prior.
- If necessary, go to a counsellor.