Being a teenager is hard. You’re under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family and make big decisions. You can’t avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal.

But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental-health problem. You might need help if you have the signs mentioned above, or if you:

Often feel very angry or very worried

Think your mind is controlled or out of control

Use alcohol or drugs

Exercise, diet or binge eat excessively

Hurt other people or destroy property

Do reckless things that could harm you or others

Mental-health problems can be treated. To find help, talk to your parents, school counselor or healthcare provider.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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