If your teen has opened up to you about their mental health challenges, know first that this a good sign. This most likely means that they trust you with their innermost workings and know that you are a safe person to turn to. However, the next step may not be clear for parents — especially those who may not be familiar with mental illness.
According to Penn Medicine, some of the most common mental illnesses in teens are social phobias, anxiety, and depression. In fact, 11.7 percent of adolescents met criteria for experiencing a depressive episode, a 2017 Children’s Mental Health Report by the Child Mind Institute showed. The same report found high school students are nearly twice as likely to experience anxiety symptoms when compared to young people in the 1980s.
It is not a rare occurrence for your child to be struggling with their mental health. It is