This practical book helps readers provide effective mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to clients across the continuum of care, from health promotion through long-term treatment and remediation. Anchoring each chapter within a life stage—from childhood through older adulthood—the text identifies the nature and origin of various psychological issues and emphasizes the importance of anticipating and responding early to concerns that arise for large portions of the population. The Second Edition features new chapters and expanded coverage of important topics, such as sociocultural contextual factors and interprofessional health perspectives.
Chapter 15: Treating Young Adult Behavioral Health Challenges
Young adulthood is a complicated developmental and systemic transition for most individuals, with change occurring in education, employment, and relationship domains, among others. Because of social and environmental transitions, coupled with neurobiological and hormonal changes, this period, roughly ages 18 to 30, has been documented as a vulnerable time for the onset of serious mental health conditions (SMHCs), a term we use in this chapter to refer inclusively to serious emotional disturbances and serious mental illness. It is also a time of unmet health and mental health needs and risk to ...