Sumedha Nath, a 12th grade psychology student shares her perspective on teen mental health. She shares with Mums and Stories through this blog penned by her, “ I honestly feel that we teenagers always are trying to cope with an abundance caused by the social media on us, various negative comments and reactions lowers the morale and that effects the self-esteem. It also causes stress in the individual.
Stress can be from various quarters of life like education, stress about future and this needs to be noticed. It is very difficult to tell what that person is going through until s/he is being supervised or noticed by a person with experience like an adult they trust to open up to. It is very important to have that one person in life who you can open up to.
So what is mental health? Why is it important? Mental health is the level of psychological well-being. The level of satisfaction in work, concentration, happiness etc, all these are signs of a person with good mental health condition. Mental health is a very important because it’s a vital part of our lives and impacts our thoughts, behaviors and emotions.
These days, we see a lot of teenagers suffering from mental health issues like Depression which is persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness, Social phobias in which they experience severe feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity in social settings, and Generalized anxiety which is excessive worry about everyday matters.
Generalized anxiety has the highest rate among all three because most teenagers go to schools, they stress about their marks, tasks, daily activities and relationships (both internal and external).
Mental health of teenagers can also depend on social media influences and comments passed on them or being judged by people, leading to isolation in few teenagers.
The best option is to ignore what people say and love the way you are as it is said you are imperfectly perfect.
Mental health in teens is an important aspect as it later affects their adulthood. The memories or the experiences of the adolescence period is carried out by most teenagers in their adulthood, and if it is not diagnosed in the beginning when the symptoms are observed by the social agents(parents, relatives, siblings etc), then at the later stage the person goes into a chronic stage of stress where s/he tend to be depressed.
The symptoms of depression can include (application for everyone):
•Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness, pessimism and hopelessness
•Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much
•Loss of interest in things once pleasurable
Overeating, or appetite loss
•Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
•Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
•Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
•Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Note: Remember that these symptoms will continuously be seen or observed in a person. Please do not think you are depressed if you have seen a symptom or two in yourselves. Also remember if you are depressed you won’t know- but hopefully the people around you will observe the behavioral changes in you.”