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Teens in Turmoil



The teenage years are a period of turmoil for just about everyone. They are learning new social roles, developing new relationships, getting used to the changes in their body, and making decisions about the future. While looking for answers to problems, it can seem like no one has them. That can make a person feel quite alone.

Too often, the answers to these challenges is complicated by problems, outside teens' control, such as divorce, family alcoholism, domestic violence or even sexual abuse. Many teens who feel they have nowhere to turn will "medicate" their pain with drugs or alcohol. Or they will express their rage and frustration in acts of violence and destruction.

Depression is also a very common illness among teenagers. The feelings of helplessness and worthlessness that can accompany it, along with disturbances in sleep or appetite, can fuel a downward spiral of health and grades, further clouding perspective, making even thought seem intolerably difficult. If they are suffering situations and feelings like these, they may need some extra help to hold on. If depressed or angry, if abusing substances to hold back the pain or to feel like they fit in, it's vital that they try to break through the feeling of isolation and talk those feelings over with someone, preferably a mental health professional.

Signs of depression :
  • sleeping much later or not sleeping well and waking up early in the morning
  • appetite has changed, gained or lost weight
  • feeling restless, withdrawing from family
  • lost interest in activities once enjoyed
  • feelings of hopelessness or guilt
  • sudden mood or behavior changes


Help can be found for teen depression by contacting your family medical provider. They can recommend someone with special training in emotional and mental health. Locally, Mental Health America of Jackson County has a website that can provide information to your as well. www.mentalhealthamericajc.net


Contact Us

Laura Stahl
P.O. Box 51
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 522-3480
Fax: (812) 524-8176
E-mail: mhajc@cabjackson.org