Adolescent behavioral health refers to the way youth adjust to changes, develop skills that can help them in different areas of their lives, cope with and manage different situations, develop healthy relationships, meet their own needs, and realize their full potential. An adolescent experience challenges in any or all of these areas, may need professional support to help them develop or sharpen their skills in these areas. Generally, individual, group, or residential therapy is recommended.
It is very common for youth to experience emotional distress as they mature – this may include things like depressions or anxiety about school. When these emotions persistently have a negative impact on the individual’s quality of life, professional treatment may be needed.
While most youth are emotionally and physically in good health, about 25 percent of the population is at risk for developing a mental health disorder. Just like physical health, mental health is more than the presence or absence of an illness or disease – it also include social, psychological, physiological, and emotional well-being.