Reasons & Misconceptions of Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

Hormones

During adolescence, the brain develops rapidly. At the same time, the body undergoes major hormonal changes. Studies have evidenced that when parts of the neural system do not follow the developmental rate of the body during teen years, it leads to the teenager experiencing changes in their behavior, mood, and thinking.

Environment

A teen’s mental health can be affected by traumatic experiences, such as a near-death instance. Exclusion, discrimination, stigma, one’s living conditions, as well as having a history of abuse, may also enhance the risk of an adolescent developing a mental health condition.

Stress

Stress can have a detrimental effect on one’s mental and physical health, and can be triggered by various reasons, such as bullying and self-imposed pressure to perform well academically.