Teen mental health is a topic of great concern for many.
It’s often associated with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These mental health conditions often lead to suicide attempts and suicidal ideation.
However, research shows that teen mental illnesses are not as prevalent as many believe.
Teen mental illnesses do not pose a significant risk to those who are not already at high risk, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
And while teens may be less likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition, they are still more likely to experience significant distress and anxiety.
So how do teen mental illness disorders affect teens?
Some teens experience severe distress, such that they seek treatment, and some teens are at risk for developing mental health symptoms.
Others are more likely not to experience any symptoms, or may have minor problems but have not yet been diagnosed.
For teens who do develop mental health illnesses, there is still no reliable way to predict how they will be affected.
The research shows teens may experience symptoms that are related to the severity of their mental health disorders.