There are several problems that can cause mental illness in teens. This may include conditions such as witnessing a massive terror attack, being bullied at school, witnessing family or community violence, natural disasters such as hurricane or earthquakes and change in their brains as they grow up. These kinds of experiences cause teens to undergo through very complicated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If this is not taken care of at the earliest stage, then the child could possibly develop a more terrible mental illness…
Your child may have developed a mental illness without you noticing. The signs may not be clear to you if you are not informed. That is why we ask you to be concerned when the child begins to show signs like depression, poor class performance, anxious, fidgeting and hyperactivity, physical and verbal aggression, disobedience, awful nightmares, temper tantrums, general irritability. These signs give you a clear picture of what is already going on with your child, so there are various things you can do to help them which includes
- Poor nutrition may result in changes in brain chemistry, to avoid this, ensure you give your child a balanced diet
- Take a daily record of how the child is behaving, this will; help you to know where the problem is originating
- Offer guidance and counseling to your kid more so when their mental illness is an as a result of natural calamities or bulling
- Keep on the watch and give the kid complete attention as you study the body signal which may possess information about the root cause of their suffering
- When they are discouraged, always try to encourage them and appreciate whatever little they do, this can help to build their confidence
- If you cannot handle their situation, try to seek professional advice on the way forward.
One thing you need to know about mental illness in teens is it’s not permanent. If you take immediate action, they can be treated. You also need to talk to other family members so that they know how to handle the one who has a mental illness.