Teen years are the most frightening ones, for both teenagers and their parents. The time has come for some changes and that scares all of us, we as parents know that some changes will take place, but we don’t know which, but we are prepared a bit, unlike our children who have no idea what is around the corner. We need to face the fact that our children are under a lot of stress, they want to do well in school, they want to be liked by their peers and they don’t want to make mistakes. That is just a part of being a teenager, but in some cases that may go overboard, so if your teenager is feeling worthless, hopeless, sad he might be showing signs of mental health issues.
- Your teen child is very angry most of the time, cries a lot or overreacts to things;
- He or she feels worthless or guilty a lot;
- Your teen is anxious or worried a lot more than other young people;
- Your child is feeling grief for a long time after a loss or death;
- Your child has unexplained fears
- Your child is constantly concerned about physical problems or appearance;
- And the most obvious one, your child is frightened that his or her mind is controlled or is out of control.
Other symptoms you need to take in consideration are changes that happened with your teen in the recent past. In most cases they happen suddenly:
- Unexplained changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Avoids friends or family and wants to be alone all the times
- Daydreams too much and can’t get things done;
- Feels life is too hard to handle or talks about suicide;
- Hears voices that cannot be explained.
There are other signs like:
- Poor concentration
- Worrying about being harmed
- Constant nightmares
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Aggressive behavior
Be sure that if these signs appear out of the blue or they are repeating over a longer period of time, you should consult a professional like a therapist. But also keep in mind that teenagers change their attitude and their behavior frequently, so if this is normal for your child or he changes his pattern in a few days or weeks you probably have nothing to worry about. But just in case, you should be on your guard.