How can teens get help for co-occurring conditions without getting in trouble?

Photo of teen and father discussing co-occurring conditions.Photo by NIDA

Co-occurring conditions are very common in both teens and adults, and there is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for help. A teens mental health can improve when they are willing to share their concerns with a trusted adult. For example, if you tell your pediatrician about your depression, and how drugs make you temporarily feel better, your doctor can then recommend a healthier approach to managing both problems or refer you to a counselor or other expert for help. To start the conversation with parents, guardians, or counselors, teens can show them this fact sheet to help explain how they are feeling.