What Are The Common Mental Health Disorders Seen In Young Adults

Mental Health Disorders

The most prevalent mental health disorders among youth are depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. However, some serious conditions, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia also begin to appear in young adulthood. Many of these disorders have their first appearance during adolescence or early adulthood (i.e., between ages 18 to 25 years).

During this time, an individual's personality is still forming. Young adults may be more likely to experience the onset of a mood disorder because they are trying different lifestyles after leaving home; are going through new experiences that have never been experienced before; suffer new stresses from college life; and/or attempt to balance schoolwork with social life. Changes can result in stress symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, and even changes in weight or appetite.

Support from family and friends, along with psychiatrists in Bhopal is important for helping young adults navigate the difficult years of young adulthood. A number of resources can be found by using a search engine or finding the Yellow Pages under Mental Health Associations in your area.

The following is an overview of some common mental health problems often seen during this time period:

Depressive Disorders Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting more than one out of every six people.  It is twice as likely to occur in women as men and typically begins around age 20. Depressive episodes may last weeks to months; however, symptoms may persist for two years or longer. Although there are different types of depression, most people will experience a mild to moderate form of the illness sometime in their lives. Psychiatrists in Bhopal say that most cases are manageable with self-care, psychotherapy, or antidepressant medications.

Mild Depression (Dysthymia)

Dysthymia is a long-lasting mild depression marked by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. People with Dysthymia rarely show any signs of being ill; however, they may also frequently feel exhausted or drained of energy to such an extent that normal life is difficult. They also tend to have low self-esteem and become irritable when things go wrong. Dysthymia disorder is considered chronic and may last for years if not treated effectively.

During adolescence, the Dysthymia disorder typically begins as mild depression and then gradually worsens, often becoming an adult Dysthymia disorder. This is a common disorder among young adults who have been depressed earlier in life but are able to function adequately because of their youth.

Depressive Disorder Due to another Medical Condition

When individuals experience severe depression for the first time, it is important for physicians to rule out other medical conditions that could be contributing factors (for example, pituitary tumor, and hypothyroidism). If there is no underlying medical condition discovered, the individual may be diagnosed with depressive disorder due to another medical condition.

Severe Depression or Major Depressive Disorder

It is estimated that 3% of Americans will have at least one episode of major depression during their lifetime-a serious mental illness that affects a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat and enjoy once pleasurable activities.

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