The Mental Health Crisis: Americas Teens Are Falling Through the Cracks
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Parent Resources
As you probably recall from your own experiences, the teenage years come with a lot of angst and fluctuating moods. Emotions run high, hormones run rampant, and having a bad day at school can make everything seem like it’s the end of the world.
However, depression is quite different from the usual teenage angst. Depression and the accompanying anxiety are types of mental illnesses that often require medication to help treat.
Under-Diagnosed, Under-Managed, And Over-Medicated
The mental health crisis that is brought on by these disorders is responsible for the disturbingly high rate of teen suicide. If you are worried about this, you may be wondering, “How can I help my teen?” or “What can I do for my teen’s depression?” Help is easier to find than you think, and there are plenty of ways to get your teen the help he or she may need.
Depression is far from being just plain moodiness. It is a serious mental health condition that can sometimes lead to the aforementioned suicidal thoughts and tendencies. In fact, the third leading cause of death among teens is suicide brought on by untreated depression.
What Can A Parent Do?
According to a psychcentral.com blog, a teen takes his or her own life every 100 minutes. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24. Approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time. Only 30 percent of depressed teens are being treated for it.
What are the warning signs for a parent with a teen?
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