Teens' Emotional Health

Friday, September 02, 2011

The teenage years can be a difficult time. Teens may feel

overwhelmed by the emotional and physical changes they are going through. In

todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill addresses emotional health in teens.

Dr. Hill:

The teenage years are a time of transition from childhood into adulthood. Teens often struggle with being dependent on their parents while having a strong desire to be independent. They may also be facing a number of pressures from friends to fit in and from parents to do well in school.

With these pressures may come some problems. Teens, especially those with low self esteem or family difficulties, are at risk for a number of self destructive behaviors such as using drugs or alcohol. Depression and eating disorders are also important issues for teens.

The following may be warning signs that your child is having a problem:

Agitated or restless behavior

Weight loss or gain

A drop in grades

Trouble concentrating

Lack of motivation

Low self esteem, and

Trouble falling asleep

Dont ignore a problem in hopes that it will go away. Many resources are available to help you and your teen.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.