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Mental Health in Adolescents

Important mental health habits—including coping, resilience, and good judgment—help adolescents to achieve overall wellbeing and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood. Mood swings are common during adolescence. However, one in five adolescents has had a serious mental health disorder, such as depression and/or anxiety disorders, at some point in their life. Friends and family can watch for warning signs of mental disorders and urge young people to get help. Effective treatments exist and may involve a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Unfortunately, less than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders received any kind of treatment in the last year.

Adolescent Mental Health Basics

Most adolescents have positive mental health, but one in five has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life. Learn about the impact of mental health disorders in teens.

Access to Adolescent Mental Health Care

Adolescents get mental health services in a variety of places, including a doctor's office and schools. Still, many in need face barriers to getting treated.

How Adults Can Support Adolescent Mental Health

Caring adults can promote adolescent mental health by providing clinical preventive services, crisis intervention, educational accommodations, and other services.
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on February 24, 2017