It can be scary to think of your teen developing a mental health issue. But, just like it’s important to monitor your teen’s physical health, it’s essential to keep a watchful eye on your teen’s mental health.
Mental health issues often emerge during the tumultuous teen years. Early intervention is one of the keys to successful treatment.
Prevalence of Mental Illness
Mental illness is fairly common among children and adolescents.
Approximately 21% of children between the ages of 9 and 17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment, according to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. About half of all mental illness starts by the age of 14.