50% of serious psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75% before the age of 24.*
Every year 5,000 young people between the ages of 14-24 commit suicide and 6000,000 end up in the emergency room from serious suicide attempts.*
Here are some symptoms that your tween or teen may be experience issues with mental illness:
- lack on interest in usual activities
- spending time alone, isolated from family and friends
- risky, defiant, or dangerous behavior
- changes in eating patterns, amounts, or exercise
- sleep disturbances
- issues at school, home, or with friends
Then there is the coined "contagion of suicide" that proliferates teen life after experiencing a friend or family member that kills themselves.
My treatment didn't begin until I was twenty-two years old. By that point, my behaviors and thinking processes created by my Bipolar Type II disorder, anxiety, and chronic depression we completely engrained in my daily life for ten years. That being said, I firmly believe that early interventions on mental illness in tweens and teenagers is imperative for healthy adult functioning.
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