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Mental Illness in Young Adults

Being a young adult has its ups and downs, where changes occur physically, mentally, and emotionally. Young adulthood is also a pivotal time for a person’s mental health. Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults, with 1 in 5 young adults living with a mental health condition.1 Because young adults are known for their mood swings and lack of control, it can be hard to identify if they’re struggling with mental health issues or if they’re simply acting out. Here is more on identifying mental health disorders in young adults.

Common Mental Health Disorders in Young Adults

While genetics and family situations tend to have a role in the mental health of young adults, people who were raised in families of abuse, whose parents have lower levels of education, or whose parents also have mental health disorders tend to be predisposed to mental health conditions of their own.2

Some common mental health disorders adolescents may suffer from are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Anorexia
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Social anxiety

Warning Signs of Mental Health Disorders

Mental illness in young adults has a wide variety of warning signs, with each illness having its own symptoms.

Some of the common symptoms and warning signs of mental illness include:

  • Anger
  • Substance abuse
  • Isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in appetite or diet
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to people
  • Fear of weight gain

Where to Get Help

If you notice your teen or young adult is experiencing uncontrollable thoughts of feelings associated with mental health disorders, getting an accurate diagnosis from a mental health services center can help for setting up a treatment plan. Whether you need Florida parenting classes or your young adult needs the assistance of a specialist at our bipolar treatment center, Counseling of Southwest Florida can provide counseling for a range of issues. Contact our mental health treatment specialists today to get help.


Additional Reading

Mental Health Awareness in the LGBTQ Community

The Benefits of Individual Counseling

How to Treat a Mental Health Disorder


  1. National Alliance on Mental Illness – Teens & Young Adults
  2. Foundations Recovery Network – Dual Diagnosis – Common Mental Health Disorders in Young Adults