Adolescence is difficult. Not only are teens under stress to be liked, do well in school, and get along with family, they must cope with hormonal changes and make important decisions about their lives. Stressors such as these are normal, but teens sometimes find themselves feeling sad, hopeless, overwhelmed, or worthless. At a certain point, these feelings are possible signs of debilitating mental health problems, and teens experiencing them are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in five adolescents suffer from some kind of mental disorder. However, less than half of them received any treatment for their medical condition.
Mental Health Information For Teens, Fifth Edition offers updated information on mental health and its importance. It presents facts about the causes, warning signs, and diagnosis of mental illnesses, and explains how the adolescent brain differs from the adult brain. Some of the specific disorders described in detail include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychoses, schizophrenia, and impulse control disorders. Mental health therapies—both traditional and alternative—are discussed, and the consequences of not receiving treatment are addressed. A section on mental wellness provides tips for building healthy self-esteem, coping with stress and disaster, getting along with family and friends, and dealing with challenges such as divorce, abuse, grief, and thoughts of suicide. For readers seeking more information, the book concludes with suggestions for additional reading, a list of crisis lines, and a directory of mental health organizations.
Available Online and in Print
Mental Health Information For Teens, Fifth Edition, is available online as part of your print purchase. Find out more at www.omnigraphics.com.