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Mental Wellness for Teens

Mental wellness is an important topic for anyone to focus on, especially our teens. During our teenage years our bodies and minds are going through rapid changes and growth all while figuring out how to connect with ourselves and our ever changing world. This is an extremely exciting time, but it can also be a challenging time for teens. Research has shown that teen depression and anxiety has more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are ways that can help you identify symptoms of depression and anxiety in your teen as well as resources to use for more help. 

What does depression and anxiety look like for a teenager?

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  • Irritability

  • Isolation from family and/or friends

  • Social anxiety 

  • Fear of the future

  • Inability to tolerate stress or adversity

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Problems at school

  • Increase or decrease in appetite

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Unexplained aches and pains

  • Cell phone addiction

What are some reasons for teen anxiety and depression?

  • Social Media

  • Academic or extracurricular pressures

  • Making connections outside of the family (i.e. fitting in)

  • Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Prior trauma

  • Many others

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Ways to help

  • Help in building strong connections 

  • Normalize the importance of mental wellness

  • Give your teen the vocabulary to identify their emotions

  • Encourage mind-body practices

  • Look internally- take inventory of the pressures, asks, or stress you and other family may be putting on the teen. 

  • Seek help

Resources

  • If you think your teen is in need of extra help with their depressive and/or anxious symptoms please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of the providers at the clinic. 

  • If your teen is in a crisis situation please call 844-493-8255, Text TALK to 38255 (Colorado Crisis Line) or call 911.

  • If you are unsure of where to start with finding help for your teen please refer to CB State of Mind's Help Page. 

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