Teenager and Young Adults

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Teenager and Young Adults

If underlying mental health or psychological difficulties have not emerged prior to this age, then they are sure to make an appearance at this challenging life stage, affecting both Teenager and Young Adults. Aside from the enormous physical and endocrinal changes the teenager experiences, difficulties with wider relationships in the community, with work or in romantic relationships come into focus with difficulties that can include; relationships and sexual difficulties, body image, gender dysphoria, personality difficulties, mood and emotional difficulties, self-harm, and substance misuse.  Risk and safeguarding become more of an issue as this age group may fall between the net of children’s and adult services.   

Amongst girls aged between 17 and 19, one in four have a probable mental health condition (The Health Foundation, 2022)

Suicide rates for 15-19 year olds are the highest they have been in 30 years. There is an urgent for government support as the teenage suicide rate had jumped by over a third, (Disability Rights, 2022).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can also be an effective form of treatment in this age group to target substance abuse in adolescents as well as

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioural treatment. The skills group focuses on how to:

  • manage attention (mindfulness skills)
  • manage and cope with emotions (emotional regulation skills)
  • deal effectively with others (interpersonal skills)
  • tolerate emotional distress (distress tolerance skills)

DBT has been adapted for the youth population and is an evidence-based treatment. DBT is especially effective for the following challenges and disorders which present in children in this age range:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Suicidal thinking or behaviour (suicide attempts)
  • Self-injury and other self-destructive behaviours
  • Anger and anger management
  • Problems with emotions (such as intense sadness or recurrent fear)
  • Impulsive behaviours that can be dangerous (such as reckless driving, recurrent unsafe sex, etc.)
  • Difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Problems with substance use
  • Eating disorders such as bingeing and purging

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