Addressing mental illness and prioritizing psychological well-being are important at any age, but the teen years present unique challenges. Hormonal changes, peer pressure, and the demands of school and a busy social life combine with many other factors to put adolescents at high risk for mental health problems. Certain disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are particularly prevalent in this age group, as are risky behaviors like substance abuse, self-harm, and distracted driving. Today’s teens also face uniquely modern threats to their psychological well-being, such as Internet addiction and social media–induced FOMO. Yet there are also ample opportunities for adolescents to strengthen their mental health and resiliency through such practices as meditation, activism, and youth leadership.
Teen Mental Health: An Encyclopedia of Issues and Solutions is a ready-reference guide to the mental health topics that most affect the lives of American teens in the 21st century. Entries are accessibly written and feature extensive cross-referencing and helpful further reading lists. This volume also offers a collection of recommended resources, including a number of hotlines for teens in crisis.
- More than 175 carefully curated entries focusing on the mental health issues most relevant to today's teens
- Up-to-date coverage of 21st-century issues affecting adolescent mental health, such as the overuse of social media and the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Recommended Resources section providing referral information for teens in crisis, as well as a selection of informative websites and books appropriate for young readers
- Cross-referencing allowing readers to easily find related information and broaden their exploration of a particular topic