Adolescence can be a difficult time for young people and their parents. Many adolescents experience changes in behaviors and feelings as they struggle to become more independent and develop a sense of individual identity.
However, a number of adolescents experience mental health problems that interfere with their normal development and daily life activities. Some mental health problems are mild, while others are more severe. Some last for only short periods of time, while others, potentially, last a lifetime.
It is important to know that help is available. Some mental health problems affecting adolescents require the clinical care of a physician or other healthcare professional. Most adolescents who experience mental health problems return to normal daily lives, if they receive appropriate treatment.