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The 5 Most Common Mental Health Issues in Young Men & How Residential Treatment Can Help

Common mental health conditions in young men

Our teen years and early 20s can be a difficult time for many young men. It can be a confusing time with a lot of stress and many confusing feelings. We start to develop romantic relationships, we begin to think about college or careers, we leave our homes.

All of these situations can be made worse by mental health conditions. There are many different types of mental health conditions, but here are some of the most common in young men:


Depression is more than just feeling “the blues.” It is a sadness that takes over our lives and can make it difficult to enjoy old hobbies or find the motivation to complete our work. It’s a constant feeling and not one that goes away with a good joke.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 4.1 million adolescents had at least one major depressive episode.


Anxiety is the intense feeling of fear or terror that can infiltrate our minds. Often it comes in the form of panic attacks that can peak in minutes. The symptoms can include a pounding or racing heart, excessive sweating, dizziness and shortness of breath. About one in five men will experience anxiety at some point in their life, according to government data.

Bipolar disorder

In the U.S., about 2.8% of people suffer from bipolar disorder. That means almost 1 million have the disease, so if you suffer from bipolar, do not feel like you are alone. The symptoms of bipolar in young adults include showing intense happiness or silliness, doing reckless things or having racing thoughts.

Alcohol addiction

An addiction to alcohol is one of the most common mental health conditions in young men. In fact, 894,000 young adults had an alcohol use disorder in the past year, according to a government survey. That figure included nearly 300,000 teen boys. White teens were the most common ethnic group to have an alcohol use disorder.

There are numerous symptoms that might indicate an alcohol use disorder including noting being able to limit drinking, having a strong urge to drink, having trouble in school, health issues and relationship troubles.

Drug addiction

About 5.1 million of all young adults have a substance use disorder, according to government data. So far more teens and young adults struggle with an addiction to drugs than many people realize. The symptoms include spending money you can’t afford on drugs, failing in tries to stop using and experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Residential Rehab Can Help

A residential treatment facility is one way to address your mental health or substance abuse condition. Staff will work with patients to determine what led to the decision to use a substance or any triggers of the mental health condition. Then, they will give the tools needed to live in the traditional world without falling victim to the condition.

Here at Momentum Recovery, we can help treat both. Often we find the two go hand-in-hand. Our counselors will work with you to identify the condition and help you get started on the road to recovery.

Please reach out to our staff today to talk about your mental health condition and how residental rehab can help you.