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What Do Mental Health Concerns Look Like?

Mental health problems can happen to anyone, at any age, and are the result of a number of factors:

  • Genetic factors such as a family history of mental health problems;

  • Trauma factors such as abuse, neglect or a significant loss or death;

  • Individual factors such as self-esteem and coping skills;

  • Current stressors at school, work or in relationships;

  • Serious illness or physical injury; and

  • Drug and/or alcohol use and experimentation.

The more common mental health problems experienced by young people are anxiety (worrying too much of the time) and depression (feeling sad and tired too much of the time). Other mental illnesses children or teens may experience include:

  • Eating disorders;
  • Bipolar disorder;
  • Psychosis;
  • Self-harming behaviours;
  • Addictions; and
  • Attention deficit disorders.

To learn about the signs and facts of these various mental health problems, see Health Hacks in the Youth section of this website. Also go to Development & Resources in this section for more information on issues that affect child and teen development.

Visit our Assessment page to find out when to seek help from a health professional.