Writer Inika Ambalike

Category Non-fiction

Abstract The article talks about different mental health disorder commonly faced by teenagers and how it affects them at various levels.

Mental health and its disorders are one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of teenage development. It is thought that, for some reason, teenagers do not experience or comprehend mental disorders as older generations do. However, in today's fast-paced world and with easy access to vast amounts of information on the widely accessible internet, teenagers understand what mental disorders are and can even self-diagnose them. Although self-diagnosis is not the ideal method for determining one's mental health, it is the first step toward understanding and treating the disorder.
Depression: Depression is one of the most commonly seen mental disorders. Approximately 20% of teenagers have or are experiencing depression. Depression is caused by a variety of factors, including school, social life, media, and even minor deflections by parents and family. Many people overlook depression in teenagers and call it a hoax on teens claiming to be depressed, as it is seen as a way of seeking attention or as a joke. However, this is not true. Depression is a serious problem for teenagers, and it is best to seek professional help rather than attempting to suppress it.
Bipolar disorder: Teenagers with bipolar disorder frequently experience abnormal mood swings. They alternate between depression and mania, along with other symptoms. These episodes usually last a week or two. The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but it appears to be inherited genetically in nature. Bipolar disorder is frequently misdiagnosed as depression or having an overinflated ego. Due to the disorder's highly radical nature, teens may experience emotional extremes. It causes teenagers to develop depression or suicidal thoughts because of the difficulty it causes them to understand life.
Anxiety is a common disorder in today's teenagers. Anxiety is the fear and overthinking of a problem or the future. It frequently causes panic attacks, which are characterised as a sudden surge of intense fear or discomfort that peaks within minutes and is accompanied by four or more of the 13 physical and cognitive symptoms (palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or shaking, sensations of shortness of breath or smothering, feelings of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress, feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, chills or heat sensations, parenthesis derealisation, derealisation, derealisation and derealisation).
There are a lot more mental health disorders that are found in teenagers, like autism, ADHD, dysphoria, and dyslexia. It is critical to understand that disorders are more than just thoughts going through someone's head. Telling someone suffering from anxiety to "just calm down" or someone suffering from ADHD to "focus" is equivalent to asking someone with a broken leg to "just stand up and walk."
The brain is a complex organ whose functioning varies greatly from person to person. It is best to understand the disorders and treat them as valid disabilities rather than dismiss them and expect the person suffering to behave normally. It is difficult to comprehend how mental disorders feel without experiencing them. And having a mental health disorder means having a much more difficult time grasping emotions and surroundings, as well as navigating life.