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Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical time for personal development. It is also the age when 75% of mental health difficulties develop.

The impact of these conditions can have a devastating impact making it particularly difficult for young people to establish their own independence and goals. Yet most of these conditions are very treatable and if caught early, most people will make a good recovery

Mental health conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance dependence
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Aspergers' syndrome
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders.

Recovery can be a slow and frustrating process with setbacks and problems initially may seem insurmountable. However, it is vital to understand that with the right help most people will recover from their conditions and return to a normal fulfilling life. The skills learned through the process of mental health treatment and recovery will stand to you in the future, helping you to recognise the risks of relapse, the best ways of seeking help and preventing recurrences.

Addressing age-appropriate psychological and social factors are essential in rebuilding young people’s lives.

The Young Adult Service in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services consists of an inpatient and day patient programme located at St Patrick's University Hospital and a community clinic located at the Dean Clinic Sandyford, Co Dublin.

It aims to help young people to develop the skills necessary for managing their conditions and putting their lives back together again.

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