Anyone can grow mental illness. Adolescence is a tough time for both the children and their parents. They go through many changes regarding physical, mental, hormonal, sexual, etc. Many of them won’t be able to handle all the stresses they are going to get at this phase of their life. It can damage them internally for a lifetime. Some will grow severe mental disorder and some will just adapt the over-controlled attitude. It is better to look for signs of mental illness in youth. Sometimes parents can really become helpful by following these-
• As a parent, you need to behave with openness and always be communicative. Let them know about your fears and anxiety when you were at their stage. Your children will feel that they are not alone in this which will be a great relief for them.
• Be open-minded. If they have grown some bipolar disorder, don’t panic yourself. Be sure that mental disorders can be treated with proper help. Let them feel that you will support them no matter what. Gather all the information about their mental health condition.
• Mingle with them as much as possible. So, you can monitor their behavior. Though it is the time of changes, any dramatic severe change can be the early sign of the mental disorder.
Some Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Youth
Your children can change their eating habits due to some stress they are going through. They can feel vomiting whenever they will eat or can lose weight without any changes in their eating habits or amounts. These are the signs you might look for and take proper majors.
They can have sleeping disorders, can grow moodiness. They will also feel doubts about their looks and their self-esteemed will go down. It will make them feel depressed all the time.
To feel free and up-lift their mood, the youth can start some kind of addiction. Peer pressure, hormonal and emotional changes and all the other things will make them feel heavier. So they will try to feel light-headed with addiction.
All these things are the warning signs of mental illness in youth. If you monitor their behavior then you can recognize them and can seek help. At Spero Counseling, we offer individual counseling, counseling for trauma, depression, addiction, domestic violence, etc. We also offer online counseling. To know more you can contact us.