How to Recognize Mental Illness in Youth and When to Start Intervention


Approximately 13 percent of adolescents are living their lives battling a serious mental illness. What is even more worrisome is that only about 20 percent of these young individuals get the treatment they need.

Between 2005 and 2010, roughly 2 million American adolescents between ages 12 and 17 acknowledged that for more than half of the previous month, they had routinely felt sad, angry, disconnected, stressed out, unloved or willing to hurt themselves. Such struggling teens were more likely to be girls than boys (10 percent compared to 6.7 percent, respectively). This fulfilled the measure of what mental health experts call “persistent mental distress.”

How to Recognize Mental Illness in Youth and When to Start Intervention authored by Patricia A. Carlisle takes a deeper look into mental disorders among teens, all the while focusing on preventive measures. This book is based upon proven steps and strategies on how to identify the symptoms in youth and understand when to seek treatment.

Even though mental illness can only be fully diagnosed by a professional, tracking warning signs is a responsibility that parents and loved ones can fulfill. The timely discovery of such an existing problem can help with the treatment in the most efficient manner. This holds especially true for mental illness in youth. The sooner the problem is diagnosed, the more chances there are for treating it. What gets trickier is that some of these signs may seem normal at first glance. After all, teenagers go through numerous hormonal changes that affect their mood accordingly. However, it is important to focus on the duration and severity of such symptoms, reaching deeper into the issue.

The book discusses various struggles and symptoms that emerge when a teen is battling a mental illness. Deeming prolonged depression to be the most common symptom, the book depicts in depth how to distinguish between a mood swing and depression. The book also discusses confused thoughts that bombard adolescents, widely fluctuating highs and lows of their mood, the fears and anxieties teens deal with, and an eventual social withdrawal accompanied by significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns. Extreme changes are often characterized by hallucinations or delusions, inability to cope with a daily routine and the development of suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

Looking out for such symptoms and changes in behavior can allow parents or loved ones to be better prepared and informed on getting the right treatment.

“Some of my clients have been going to Ms. Carlisle for over 10 years. And they found her books very helpful. They reported finding them better than going into her office. I would recommend her to anyone struggling with any substance abuse or mental health symptoms,” praised Dr. B.J. Bradley, Ph.D., M.D.

About the author

Patricia A. Carlisle is currently serving as a Certified On-Line Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with an extensive 15 years of experience using Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Techniques. She has set up her own Holistic Measure Online Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare Company after retiring from The Nord Center in The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Dept and Murtis H. Taylor Mental Health Center as a mental health counselor, psychological support technician and case manager for 10 years.

Alongside, she has written 25 short books to help individuals and families get their life back, freeing them from the restraints of negative thinking, anxiety and depression through the utilization of different approaches. She is highly renowned for her flexibility and professionalism.

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