Research has revealed that around 50% of mental health disorders that adults have, begin at the age of 14. In fact, one-third of adolescent deaths are suicides triggered by depression. If your child is overly moody and is not eating or sleeping at all, it is imperative you get professional help for them.
Teenagers may have self-esteem or confidence issues. The feelings of inferiority or superiority often arise from their appearance, and acceptance of their body – skin color, beauty, and figure.
Poor performance in academics and low IQ can also demotivate them. They develop the ‘I’m not good enough’ attitude towards life.
Depression is one of the common psychological problems associated with adolescence.
The stress and pressure of adolescence can create anxiety related issues, while mood swings can lead to conduct disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Eating disorders are also psychosomatic as they start with the adolescent having a poor self-image and the need to change the way they look by any means.
While moodiness and temper tantrums are normal in teenage girls and boys, they may not always be what they seem. Identifying symptoms of psychological problems in adolescence is not easy and needs the eye of an expert.
Most of the time, talking about the problems and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent the onset of depression.
If your child is overly moody and cynical, it is time to intervene and seek professional help if necessary.
Sometimes, your teenage girl or boy may be unhappy only at home, and doing fine outside. Talk to the child’s teachers and friends to know if they are moody and disoriented at school as well. If they are, then it is a cause for concern.
Do not brush away their feelings, as that can make things worse.
Encourage them to communicate with you. For this, you need to talk to them. If you think your child would not take it easy, talk to him in the car where the chances of confrontation are fewer as you are not face-to-face.