Important mental health habits—including coping, resilience and good judgment—help adolescents to achieve overall well-being and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood. Although mood swings are common during adolescence, approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, such as depression and/or anxiety disorders. Friends and family can watch for warning signs of mental health 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. MORE »
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