It wasn’t too long ago that young adults and teens diagnosed as having mental health problems were subject to shame and/or humiliation.
Perceived as being abnormal, these young adults and teens were put down by their peers and, in some cases, overmedicated. This only served to drive the struggling teen’s health into a downward spiral. However, as society became more educated about mental health, depression, and anxiety, this stigma began to lift. Now, therapeutic intervention, counseling, and therapy have made getting help even easier.
Invisible Pain is Still Pain
Although the signs are not always obvious, more young adults and teens are struggling with mental health issues than one might think. In fact, an estimated one out of five teens has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one third show symptoms of depression. Given that therapeutic intervention and counseling are much more widely available than they were even just a single decade ago, it only makes sense that much of the stigma surrounding mental health issues lies not with others, but with those afflicted. As a result, many of them show signs of mental health disorders (such as depression) but are too afraid of criticism to say anything to their friends or family.
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