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Mental Wellbeing for Teens and Young Adults

Mental Wellbeing



Self-esteem & Body Image

Eating Disorders



Depression is a serious and common medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being blue for a few days. The feelings do not go away. They stay and interfere with your daily life.

Symptoms can include:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Energy loss
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are many causes, like:

  • It could run in your family
  • It could be caused by having a lot of life stress
  • It could be caused by some other mental thoughts
  • It could be caused by something in your environment

Depression usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It is much more common in women. There are effective treatments for it, including taking antidepressants and doing talk therapy. Most people do best by doing both things. 1

If you have symptoms of depression, go see your PCP. Your PCP can help treat depression. Your PCP can also refer you to a specialist. If you do not know who your PCP is, call Gateway Member Services at 1-800-392-1147/TTY 771 or 1-800-654-5984.

Material Adapted from Medline Plus
1. Depression. (2015, Aug 31).


Bullying is when a person or group tries to harm someone over and over again. It can also happen when someone thinks that person is weaker than them. Sometimes bullies will hit, name call, tease or taunt their victim. Other times a bully will spread rumors or try to make other people not like them.

People often think bullying is not a big deal. They think it is a normal part of growing up. But bullying is harmful. It can make children and teenagers feel tense and afraid. It may lead them to not go to school. In really bad cases, teens who are bullied may feel they need to take drastic measures or act violently. Others even think about suicide. For some, the effects of bullying last a lifetime.1

For information on how to deal with bullies, click here.

Material Adapted from Medline Plus
1. Bullying. (2015, Aug 18).


Body Image & Self-esteem

For information on body image and self-esteem, click here.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders cause harm to a person’s body and mind. A person may eat way too much. Or they may not eat enough food to be healthy. An eating disorder often causes someone to worry too much about their shape or weight.

Types of eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia nervosa: when someone is too thin and does not eat enough because they think they are fat
  • Bulimia nervosa: when someone eats too much and then throws up or takes a laxative
  • Binge-eating: when someone eats out-of-control

Women are more likely than men to have eating disorders. They often start as teens. People with eating disorders can also have depression, anxiety and/or abuse drugs.

Eating disorders can lead to heart and kidney problems. It could even kill you. It is important to get help early. A person can be treated by doing talk therapy, nutrition counseling, and sometimes medicines.1

If you think you have an eating disorder, go see your PCP. Your PCP can also refer you to a specialist. If you do not know who your PCP is, call Gateway Member Services at 1-800-392-1147/TTY 771 or 1-800-654-5984

Material Adapted from Medline Plus
1. Eating disorders. (2015, Aug 10)