Mental disorder is not a personality weakness, irresponsible behavior or deliberate attempt for attention.
It’s not their fault.
Risk factors of youth mental disorder
- Developmental changes in the brain
- Neurobiological pre-disposition
- Environmental stressors, social expectations and comparisons
- Peer competition and bullying
- Family situations
- Romantic relationships
- Social, gender Identity
- Life perspective
- Childhood experiences
- Adaptation to changes – both physical and societal
- Peer support and engagement
- Familial and community support
- Positive coping and problem-solving skills
- Positive self-concept and personal competence
- Access to available help.
It’s not the parent’s fault, but you can help to make things better.
How to tell if a person is at risk of mental health condition
- Unexplained aches and pain
- Erratic moods – Irritable and edgy
- Persistent sadness, anxiety or low moods
- Reduced ability to compete normal task and activity
- Struggle with concentration, memory and decision making.
- Lack of motivation in the areas of interest or in social relations
- Changes in sleep patterns – unable to sleep or sleep too much
- Changes in energy level – Fatigues easily
- Changes in appetite or weight
What can you do
- Find a private space and suitable time to have a talk
- Listen, Listen, Listen
- Show compassion and empathy
- Identify stressors such as insufficient sleep, skipping meals, problems faced in daily routine, relationship issues etc.
- Discuss type of help available and where to get help.
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