Adolescent Problems and Adolescent Psychology

Adolescence is the period when parents face the most problems with their children.

In order to arrive at the solution of the problems, it is important to identify the problem in the first place. Psychological and social problems, especially including behavior and school problems, are more common during adolescence than at other times in childhood.

Adolescents are much more independent and mobile and are often beyond the direct control of adults. When inappropriate behavior becomes severe and frequent, adolescents should be evaluated for a psychosocial disorder by a mental health professional.

Especially in adolescence, depressive disorders, anxiety disorder, eating disorders, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, substance abuse are common. Adolescents with anxiety or mood disorders may have physical symptoms such as fatigue or chronic fatigue, dizziness, headache, and abdominal or chest pain.

Early diagnosis is of great importance in mental disorders in adolescence. Therefore, parents’ awareness of their children and directing them to a mental health professional will be effective for early diagnosis.

In addition, positive parental attitude, listening to their children without judgment and blame, strengthens parent-child communication and helps children to express their problems in a transparent way.

SO WHAT OTHER PROBLEMS CAN BE FACED DURING Adolescence?

  • Oppositional Oppositional Disorder in Adolescents

  • Traumatic life (divorce, bereavement, sexual abuse, etc.)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Adolescents

  • Exam anxiety in adolescents

  • Conduct Disorders (rebellious, aggressive attitude)

  • Academic Issues

  • phobias

  • Addiction (substance and alcohol use, smoking, game addiction, social media and internet addiction, etc.)

  • Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia, obesity)

  • Social Environmental Issues

Regarding the psychological problems experienced by adolescents, most of the applications are due to the complaints of the individual’s family. Expert evaluation is about when the problem started, its severity, area and how much it impairs the functionality of the person, and after the evaluation, an appropriate treatment plan is created. If it is determined that the young person needs medical treatment, it is extremely important to refer the young person to a mental health specialist (psychiatrist) and to use the drugs prescribed under the control of a psychiatrist.

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