Children and adolescents commonly experience stressful or traumatic events as they grow up. Many young people feel worried or anxious about a big test they have to take at school or about a fight they have with their friends. On the other hand, mental disorders can lead to pervasive and ongoing symptoms that have the potential to impact children’s and adolescents’ schoolwork, friendships, sleeping or eating habits, and interests in normal activities.
Mental disorders can lead to changes in a person’s emotions, thoughts and/or behaviors. Symptoms of mental disorders can vary greatly and affect different aspects of a teen’s thinking, personal habits, personality, emotions, behavior and/or social relationships, according to Mental Health America (MHA).
Some factors increase a child’s or teen’s risk of developing a mental disorder. In 2012, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) paper, “Risks to Mental Health: An Overview of Vulnerabilities and Risk Factors,” outlined cultural, community, social, family and individual factors in a variety of settings (e.g., home, family, school, work, community, etc.) that can increase a person’s susceptibility for developing a mental illness at some point in his or her lifespan.
The following factors can increase the risk for having mental health problems:
- Cultural: Low socioeconomic status, adverse learning environments, media influences, discrimination, social inequalities and social exclusion
- Social: Bullying and other difficulties at school, and peer pressure
- Community: Poor housing and living conditions, job insecurity and unemployment
- Family: Family violence or conflict, parental loss, low sense of connection to school or other learning environments, trauma, abuse or other maltreatment, and maternal substance use during pregnancy
- Individual: Genetic vulnerability, alcohol and/or drug use, substance abuse, low self-esteem, malnutrition or poor appetite, anti-social behavior and poor physical health
Evidence-based treatments mark our mental health, addiction and other programs.
All our locations treat addiction and dual diagnosis, while some offer additional specialized programs.
We offer adults and adolescents residential, outpatient and other levels of care.
A multidisciplinary team works together to provide the best care for every diagnosis.
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