With social, school, athletic, and cultural pressures, today’s youth have a lot to deal with. Anxiety and stress are a normal part of growing up — worrying about a test, a big game, or about getting into college is common. Periodic bad moods or mood swings can also be normal in kids, especially teens.
When it goes beyond a temporary phase or occasional event, it could be a sign of something more. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, known as NAMI, half of all chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. However, mental health conditions are treatable.
Here are some signs to look out for and actions to take if you’re worried your child or teen may be experiencing a mental health condition.
If any of these signs are happening frequently or over an extended period of time, it may be time to talk to your child’s pediatrician.