Most Common Mental Illnesses in Boys

Most Common Mental Illnesses in Boys

By Teen Rehab

The mental illnesses most common in boys are similar to those most common in girls. However there is a higher percentage of boys who are diagnosed with ADHD and learning disorders. These are four of the most common mental illnesses in teenage boys.

  • ADHD

    By Teen Rehab

    [Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder](http://www.teenrehab.org/the-truth-about-adhd/) is a conduct disorder that is very common in young boys. A 2010 study showed that [9.2% of 12–17 year olds](http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20410711) were reported to have ADHD or a learning disorder.

  • Depression

    By Teen Rehab

    Many people face [depression](http://www.teenrehab.org/4-things-you-should-know-about-depression/) at some point in their life. It can be mistaken for stress, especially in adolescents. Approximately 5.7% of adolescents that had a major depressive episode in 2014 were male. Males are also less likely to seek help for their depression than females.

  • Anxiety

    By Teen Rehab

    [Anxiety](http://www.teenrehab.org/4-types-of-anxiety-disorders-explained/) is another common mental illness amongst teen boys. A person with anxiety experiences a heightened sense of fear and awareness. Side effects of unmanaged anxiety include paranoia and [panic attacks](http://www.teenrehab.org/what-causes-panic-attacks/).

  • Substance Abuse

    By Teen Rehab

    [Substance abuse and addiction becomes a mental illness](http://www.teenrehab.org/whats-the-connection-between-mental-illness-and-substance-abuse-2/) when a person’s life is controlled by their need for drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse is commonly linked to conduct disorders, which roughly 3.4% of teens ages 12 to 17 are diagnosed with.

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