Children's Health and Wellness

Adolescent Mental Health Overview

Many adolescents have mental health problems that interfere with their normal development and daily life activities. Some mental health problems are mild, while others are more severe. Some mental health problems last for only short periods of time, while others, potentially, last a lifetime. The National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, reports the following:

  • Research studies have reported that up to about 8% of adolescents in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety disorder.

  • Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems that occur in children and adolescents.

  • Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are common among adolescent girls and, increasingly, boys in the U.S.

It's important to know that help is available. Most adolescents who experience mental health problems can return to normal daily lives, if they receive appropriate treatment.

Online Source: The Anxious Child, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry http://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/docs/facts_for_families/47_the_anxious_child.pdf
Online Source: Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet), National Institute of Mental Healthhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders-in-children-and-adolescents/index.shtml
Online Source: Eating Disorders, National Institute of Mental Healthhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/index.shtml
Online Editor: Geller, Arlene
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Roux, Susan L., ARNP
Date Last Reviewed: 9/8/2013
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