Common mental health challenges & disorders

Learn more about each of these disorders on MHMYouth.org


What is a mental health challenge?

A mental health disorder is a health condition that changes how a person thinks, feels or acts and causes difficulty in the way he or she lives their life. Signs and symptoms range from mild to severe.

When should you be concerned?

When these symptoms last more than 2 weeks and interfere with daily life, it is important to seek professional help.


Common mental health disorders:

Learn more about each of these disorders on MHMYouth.org


Helpful books...

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
By Edmund J. Bourne  view

Anxiety Relief For Teens
By Regine Galanti PhD  view

Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Clients from Disease & Disorder to Balance & Wellness
By Scott M. Shannon

The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures and Conflicting Expectations
By Stephen Hinshaw & Rachel Kranz

The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression
By Lisa Machoian

An Unquiet Mind
By Kay Redfield Jamison

CBT Strategies for Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents: A Clinician's Toolkit
By Eduardo L. Bunge PhD, Javier Mandil, Andrés J. Consoli PhD, Martín Gomar Lic

Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder
By Paul Mason

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
By Kay Redfield Jamison

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
By Andrew Solomon

The Parent Handbook on Childhood and Adolescent Depression (Free PDF)
By Erika's Lighthouse

I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!
How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment.
By Xavier Amador


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