Struggling Teens. Normal Growing Pains or Mental Illness?

Is it teen angst or something else?

Almost half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14, three quarters by age 24. Yet teens are unlikely to ask for help or recognize they need it. Sometimes it’s the stigma and other times it’s not knowing what is happening to them or what to call it.

In Charles’ case, he didn’t know how to label his anxiety. I remember him describing the feeling he got in middle school and telling him that what he was experiencing was called anxiety.

It is hard to tell what is real distress and what … Read more...