Background: Mental disorders affect the well-being of adolescents. This study aims to describe adolescents' concerns and hopes from their own perspective when referred to adolescent psychiatric outpatient treatment. Method: The qualitative data consisted of adolescents' (n = 70) short essays gathered using the Depis. Net Internet program and analyzed with inductive thematic analysis. Results: The adolescents described their concerns and hopes regarding their relationships, daily actions, identity, and well-being. Conclusions: Adolescents share their concerns and find solutions if they find a safe channel to do so. Professionals should find new ways to help adolescents share their life experiences and information technology may be a promising tool.
- Mental disorders
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health