ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY 4
Adolescenceemerges as one of the critical stages of human development. Thisstage of life encompasses a lot of issues since it emerges as themost tempting stage of life (Walker, 2010). In this stage,adolescents experience different issues that relate to their emotionsand mental health. Because of this, the mental health issues ofadolescents need to be examined with a lot of keenness. This reportwill discuss the mental health of adolescents.
Practitioners,parents, as well as policymakers have recognized the importance ofmental health of the adolescents. Adolescents who have better mentalhealth are deemed to be physically healthier, and tend to show moresocially positive conduct as well as engaging in fewer riskybehaviors (Walker, 2010). Alternatively, adolescents having mentalhealth problems like depression are more likely to become involvedin more risky behavior that may affect their health more. Inaddition, the mental health problems in adolescents pose asignificant social and financial burden on the society and familiesin terms of cost of treatment, distress, and disability. Somepsychologists argue that most of the mental health problemsexperienced in adulthood usually commence in adolescence. Half of thepeople’s lifetime diagnosable mental health disorders commence byage 14 this number rises to three fourths when individuals attainthe age 24 (Walker, 2010). The capacity of managing mental healthproblems, including substance use problems as well as learningdisorders can influence the manner in which an adult functions inareas such as participation in the workforce and creation of socialrelationships.
Clinicianshave increasingly recognized that mental health as well as relatedproblems is critical and demanding parts of their practicespediatricians have reported that approximately a fifth of theirpatients have a school, emotional, or behavioral problem. In order toimprove on mental health of the adolescents, it is important forprogram administrators and policymakers to have accurate informationconcerning the issue of mental health problem amid the adolescents.The accurate information will be critical in ensuring that theappropriate programs and methods would be used in resolving theissue.
Inadolescents, common mental health disorders may include mooddisorders like depression behavioral problems such as conductdisorder or oppositional defiant disorder anxiety disordersaddictive disorders eating disorders such as bulimia and learningdisorders among others (Hazen et al., 2011). Research has suggestedthat it is possible to have co-occurrence of disorders in adolescents(Hazen et al., 2011). For instance, adolescents who have conductdisorders are usually depressed.
Properinterventions are critical in dealing with mental health disordersamid the adolescents. The government needs to initiate programs thatwould ensure that the adolescents acquire positive mental health.This would be vital in preventing adolescents from experiencingmental health problems at their age and in the future. Properinterventions are also an advantage to the society and families sinceit would focus on mitigating the cost of treatment, distress anddisability (International Conference on Child & Adolescent MentalHealth et al., 2002). Therefore, the mental health of adolescentsmust always be put at stake by the government this explains why theHealthy People Initiative became developed.
Inconclusion, literature indicates that the mental health inadolescents is exceedingly significant because it determines themanner in which an adolescent would behave in certain circumstancesfor instance, in social relationships. As such, it should be takenwith a lot of concern. The government should develop programs thatensure that the mental health problems for adolescents are resolved.
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InternationalConference on Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Singh, N. N.,Ollendick, T. H., & Singh, A. N. (2002). Internationalperspectives on child & adolescent mental health: Vol. 2.Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Walker,S. (2010). TheSocial Worker`s Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health.London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.