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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.
Many people face 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 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.
Substance abuse and addiction becomes a mental illness 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.