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Leaving home involves not just freedom and independence but new
responsibilities as well as a whole lot of stress and anxiety problems.

stress and anxiety, stress, anxiety disorder, insomnia, anxiety, anxiety

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Being independent is something every young adult looks forward to. It is
a time when they become free to do the things they've always wanted to
do. Leaving home may have a certain emotional tug but the desire to
become independent elicits a certain high that outweighs whatever
feelings they have about staying home.
However, as soon as they move out of their homes is the realization that
independence involves not just freedom but many new responsiblities.
Alongside those responsibilities are problems that would probably cause
stress and anxiety. Such a period of transition may have a cruel twist to
their emotional and psychological well-being and could even result in
mental illness, specifically personality and depressive disorders.
The first appearance of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other major
depressive disorders tend occur in the late teens and early 20s.
According to research, people are predisposed to acquire these medical
conditions upon birth or during childhood. However, symptoms are may not
surface until they hit a particular phase of development and/or certain
Usually, men tend to develop schizophrenia between the ages of 18 and 25
while it appears in women about five years later. Bipolar disorder
usually begins in early adulthood, although children and adolescents may
also develop it. An increase in the incidence of major depressive
disorder occurs after the age when puberty is reached.
There are many cases when stressors precipitate the onset of mental
illness in people who are predisposed to these conditions. Some of these
stressors include death in the family, the loss of a job, or even
positive events such as getting married or getting a promotion. The
stress of going to college, getting independent from home and being
responsible for oneself may become a trigger to anxiety disorder that
leads to mental illness.
Alcoho' and drugs could also trigger a bout of mental illness. Young
people with psychiatric illnesses try to cope with their symptoms by
using substances like alcohol, marijuana and cocaine which make them feel
better when they experience a sense of being “high” and intoxicated which
only complicates the problem. They are less likely to take medication
properly and their symptoms are harder to control. They are at greater
risk of exhibiting violent behavior and might need to be hospitalized
more often
Schizophrenia may be recognized when a person loses his ability to
function. An adolescent who used to be doing very well in school and
socially may show signs of regression. A marked changed in social or
family functioning or their ability to get good grades or do well at work
should be a concern.
Psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations happens when certain pathways
in their brains are being activated when they shouldn't be. Another
symptoms of schizophrenia is paranoia or being suspicious of others.
They exhibit inability to express themselves verbally, when they used to
have no trouble organizing their thoughts. Other early problems may
include sleep disorders such as insomia, depressed mood or anxiety.

A bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disorder. It is a
brain disorder that causes unexpected changes in a person's mood, energy,
and ability to function. These are not the same as the normal ups and
downs every person usually experience. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are
severe which may result in ruined relationships, poor job or school
performance, and even suicide. However, bipolar disorder can be treated,
and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. Other
symptoms include a decreased need for sleep, and an increased energy
level. They also have an increase in risky behavior, such as excessive
shopping or gambling, or being sexually promiscuous.
A depressive episode involves a change in one's mood to sadness or
irritability that lasts for at least two weeks and includes changes in
sleep and appetite, and low energy.
It's important for parents to keep in touch with their teens when they
are away in boarding schools. Always keep the communication open.
Always give them reassurance, affirmation and comfort in times of
difficulties. Always encouraged these young adolescents to seek medical
support when they are becoming extremely depressed, experiencing severe
anxiety attack, or when they feel like they are hearing voices.
Adolescents or young adults who have already been diagnosed with a mental
illness should make sure that they are in regular contact with a mental
health provider.   Hospitalization may be necessary for those who
experience their first episodes for proper diagnosis, treatment and