Differentiating between normal teenage growing pains and depression isn’t easy. But here are a few of the signs and symptoms to be aware of.
Mental health is just as important as physical health and requires the same attention and care, yet it is often stigmatized and overlooked. It is common for teens to experience various mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, especially in today’s fast-paced and high-pressure society. Seeking mental health treatment is a sign of strength, not weakness.
If you are a teen struggling with mental health issues, it is essential to know that you are not alone and that you do not have to suffer in silence. It takes courage to reach out for help, and it is the first step toward healing and improving your quality of life.
Talking to a parent, teacher, or school counselor, is an excellent place to start. It may sound bogus, but they can provide support and/or connect you with a Mental Health professional. If you don’t feel there’s an adult around you whose opinion you actually value, remember that there are also online resources available, such as hotlines and support groups, that have trained professionals available to help 24/7.
If you are a teen struggling with mental health issues, know that help is available. Reach out to a trusted adult, seek professional help, and take care of yourself. Remember, you are not alone, and it is okay to NOT be okay.