Mental Health: anxiety and depressive symptoms
One in four (25%) young Australians experience a mental illness in any given year, with onset typically around mid-late adolescence. Common mental illnesses experienced by young Australians include anxiety disorders (14%), depressive disorders (6%), and substance abuse disorders (5%). People with intellectual disabilities (including Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disorders) have increased risk of developing a mental illness with 20-40% experiencing a mental illness of some kind.
Mental illnesses have been associated with high levels of sedentary behaviour, low levels of physical activity, and poor dietary habits, all of which are risk factors for increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Initiation and maintenance of behaviour change can often be difficult for people with mental illness, impacting on their psycho-social functioning. Medication side effects can also play a large role on their quality of life. Exercise is effective in both prevention and improvement of mental illness related symptoms.
If you have any concerns about your child and exercise please get in touch with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who can develop a suitable exercise program.
For full information on mental health conditions please contact the Black Dog Institute.