Young people and Mental health in a changing world

We are celebrating 10th October as World Mental Health Day. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. The theme for this year is ‘Young people and Mental health in a changing world’.

Today, we deal with modern society. We are dealing and struggling with hell lot of things. Basically, it’s mental health that could help you balance everything. I must say that Mental health awareness is for every day. It is so simple fact.

Mental Health: It is okay not to be okay !!

It says a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. If you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected.

Many factors contribute to mental illness, including;

Young people and Mental illness

Sometimes, stress can be beneficial to develop the skills needed to adapt to new situations and deal with unfavorable situations. Many adolescents could able to manage the stressors.

The stressors often come from outside sources, such as family, jobs, friends, or school. Many a time it is from within also. Some of the situations like natural disasters, emergencies, epidemics, family disputes, and other conflicts are vulnerable to mental illness. If not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

  • 1/10 children aged 5-16 have a diagnosable condition.
  • Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.
  • 3/4 of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24.
  • In adolescents, the depression is the third cause of burden of diseases.
  • Half of all mental health problems in adulthood have their onset during or before adolescence.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experience mental and behavioral problems in any given year.

Internet Addiction and Mental health of young people

Internet use has changed entirely over the last 18 years. Almost 6% of the world population has an internet addiction. Though the excessive use of the internet is an understudied phenomenon it may be strongly linked to compulsive behavior and addiction.

While undoubtedly the internet brings many benefits, it can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows.

According to the new study, people who use the internet excessively may have more mental health problems. Scientists surveyed 254 students and correlated internet use with general mental health and wellbeing. 33 of the students met screening criteria for internet addiction. However, 107 students met the criteria for problematic internet use.

The study compared the areas such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, impulsiveness, inattention, and executive functioning, as well as tests for ADHD. It demonstrates that people who have an addiction to the internet develop higher amounts of depression and anxiety symptoms. They also develop problems with planning and time management as well as ADHD symptoms.

Are we grossly underestimating the prevalence of internet addiction?  And secondly are these other mental health issues a cause or consequence of this excessive reliance on the internet?

Key to Mental Health

  • Talk Openly.
  • Stay Active.
  • Eat and Sleep well.
  • Ask for support.
  • Stay Connected.

More psychological support is required in understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. If young force is uncomfortable in bringing their feelings to you, try talking about your own. They may feel that you are available to talk when they need along. A healthy lifestyle in adolescence is the key to mental health.

If a child shows symptoms that concern you and is unwilling to talk, consult a therapist or other mental health specialist.

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