Mental health signs to look for: teens & young adults

It’s not always easy to tell the difference between normal feelings of sadness and stress and the warning signs of mental health issues in teens. Learn what to look for if you think you or someone you know might benefit from mental health support services. Programs, organizations and support resources are available here in Stark County.

Mental health warning signs

Everyone has their own individual responses to life experiences and events, so identifying the signs of mental illness can be a challenge. The following are just a few of the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may indicate a treatable mental illness:

  • Drugs and alcohol are go-to coping methods
  • Headaches, nausea, aches and pains are frequent and severe
  • It is difficult to separate perceived ideas and feelings from reality
  • Overwhelming thoughts make it difficult to concentrate or think clearly
  • Sleeping and eating patterns are irregular or extreme
  • Worries and fears prevent enjoyment of normal day-to-day activities
  • Sudden, uncontrollable mood swings
  • Often feeling sad, down, irritable or irate


Seeking treatment

If you or someone you know needs help, don’t wait to reach out. Learn about the process of seeking treatment in Stark County or contact a local mental health service provider to set up an evaluation.