Video: How to know if your teen needs mental health support

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Teenagers are experiencing higher rates of mental health issues during the pandemic.

Dr. Marcie Billings, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, says 1 in 5 youth will have a in their .

"That includes things like depression, anxiety, and one of the ones that I think we were a bit surprised about would be eating disorders," says Dr. Billings.

She says the pandemic created a challenging and confusing world for many teens.

"That's their time to start to be independent and start to exert some control over their own lives," she says. "And that was taken away in a way that we had never experienced before."

If you are concerned about your teen, don't hesitate to seek help.

"Whether it be that you feel they're depressed, or anxious, or maybe suffering from an , reaching out to your is the great first step," Dr. Billings says.

Here's what to watch for:

  • Changes in activity level.
  • More sleep.
  • Isolation.
  • Personality changes.
  • Eating habits.

"There are great ways that we can treat all mental health illnesses—depression, anxiety, eating disorders—but we must have that first step of connecting," Dr. Billing says.

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