Mental illness among teenagers is rising at an alarming rate. This disturbing news comes from a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Describing mental disorders as “serious deviations from expected cognitive, social, and emotional development", it reveals that 13-20% children suffer from mental illness at some point of time.
This report makes no distinction between mental and behavioral disorders and acknowledges that the term mental disorder now includes behavioral and emotional disorders also. It implies that substance use disorders like drug or alcohol addiction are mental illnesses.
Most common disorders among teens are mood variation or depression, attentions deficit hyperactivity and autism. Obviously, children with one or several of mental disorders lack concentration, have weak memory and suffer bouts of severe depression and aggression. Such mental condition is often combined with chronic health conditions like asthma, epilepsy and diabetes.
It is impossible to miss the fact that the temporary mental state induced by use of drugs like marijuana, hashish etc., alcohol and tobacco are no different from the symptoms of mental disorders. The teenagers may first use them for recreational goals but end up being addicts. Marijuana makes them lethargic and impairs their ability to be attentive. Alcohol is known to induce bouts of depression or aggression and tobacco can weaken the memory.
The net result of the mental illness is that the youngster is a misfit in the society and more likely to have mental disorders in adulthood. It is the responsibility of the parents, teachers, state and the whole society to guide, and where necessary, give them proper medical and rehab treatment to ensure that they stay away from substances like alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
About the Author-
Brian Burgess is the Director of Rehab for Teens, a leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for teens in Orange, CA. Aside from his dedication and hard work in supervising drug rehab for teens, Brian also enjoys regularly publishing content on addiction treatment tips, facts and advice, and takes pride in establishing close relationships with the families he counsels.