How can school cause mental health concerns in teens?Teens are under a lot of pressure to perform well academically, participate in extracurricular activities, and make friends. If they have learning disabilities, school can be overwhelming and cause mental health concerns. Schoolwork is intended to be rigorous and demanding, but a lot of schools aren’t prepared to make accommodations for students who don’t learn in traditional ways. When students are set up for failure, they can start to lose self-confidence and motivation. Being forced to spend hours each day in a situation that seems insurmountable can cause mental health concerns in teens. As you start addressing your teen’s learning disabilities, talk to your child’s pediatrician or family doctor. They may be able to provide a diagnosis and give you further resources. Some common learning disabilities in teens include:
- ADD (Attention-Deficit Disorder)
- ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Auditory Processing Disorder
Symptoms of mental health concerns in teensIf your teen has chronic issues in school, keep an eye out for additional mental health concerns that could be caused by school stress. Teens who feel like they can’t keep up in school can start to develop low self-esteem, worry about their future, or give up on their goals. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety and depression in teens include:
- Change in eating habits. Eating significantly more or less than usual. Eating significantly different foods than usual. Significant weight gain or loss.
- Change in sleeping patterns. Sleeping more or less than usual. Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Having bad dreams or nightmares.
- Withdrawing from people, places, or activities that they used to enjoy. Spending lots of time alone. Avoiding certain places or people. Giving up on hobbies.
- Avoiding social situations. Staying away from crowds. Skipping school. Making excuses to stay home instead of going out with friends.
- Neglecting responsibilities. Not completing homework. Not completing chores at home. Skipping practice or team-based activities.