teens are afraid to talk about stuff because they are afraid that
people will think they are crazy. That’s because mental illness
is still feared and misunderstood by many people. The sad thing
is this prevents them from finding out how common and normal their
struggles are. Even sadder, it means that when people are actually
experiencing a mental illness it prevents them from receiving the
kinds of help that will allow them to get better.
On this site we talk about both “mental illness”
and “mental health problems”. There’s a difference
between the two. When we say mental illness, we mean a diagnosable
condition, like Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(OCD), or Schizophrenia, that usually requires medical treatment.
“Mental health problems” refers to the more common struggles
and difficulties that affect everybody from time to time. Teens
experiencing these types of problems may not require medical treatment,
but can still benefit from some of the help and support that we
talk about on this site.
Mental illness is still feared and misunderstood by many people.
Accurate information about mental illnesses and their treatment
can help correct the fears, myths and misconceptions many people
More information surrounding
the myths of mental Illness and the impact of stigma
If you want more information about the differences
between the normal ups and downs of being a teen, and some of the
most common mental illnesses that affect youth, take a look at these
cool resources that were produced by and for young people.
Download in pdf format:
Teenagers often worry that they may be ‘going
crazy” when they are feeling stressed, confused or very upset.
In fact, feelings like these are only rarely a sign of mental illness.
Usually, they get a lot better if you talk about them to someone
Mental illness is far less common than mental health
problems are, but still more common than you might think. As many
as one in five teenagers have experienced a major mental disorder,
so chances are that you or someone you know will have a mental illness
if they haven’t already.