Teenager | Mental Health | Danger | 23rd September 2021 | Virtual Wire
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Mental health is a subject that people often avoid or ignore. Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are rarely discussed in schools, at the dinner table, among friends, or anywhere else for that matter.
However, there's no denying that mental illness affects millions of people every year. This is because it should be taken seriously to help those who suffer from it and because we need to make sure this problem doesn't worsen with time. This blog post will explore some of the dangers associated with mental illness and why it is one of the problems for teenagers today. There are many dangers associated with mental illness. One of the most well-known is a suicide, which can be caused by depression or bipolar disorder, among other things.
What should one know?
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According to data from World Health Organization, every year, around 800,000 people die due to suicide, and it's thought that this number will rise as time goes on. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and OCD also increase a person's chance for self-harm. Those who go through these disorders often don't know how to deal with their irrational thoughts, so they turn towards harming themselves instead of seeking help.
What do the teens go through?
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For teenagers living in today’s society where social media has become so popular, and cyberbullying runs rampant throughout different platforms, the risks only go up even more because there are no boundaries for their behaviour.
One study found that young adults with mental health conditions are twice as likely to be victims of cyberbullying than those without any disorders. Another danger associated with mental illness is substance abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many people who suffer from addiction have a co-occurring psychiatric condition.
It’s not hard to perceive why this happens since one of the most common symptoms among different types of mental illnesses is cravings, which can often lead someone down a dark path if they don't know how to control themselves or where else they can turn in order prevent these feelings from taking over.
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For teenagers who are already susceptible due to risk factors such as peer pressure and lack of supervision, these symptoms can have a huge impact on their lives and potentially lead them to addiction. The final danger associated with mental illness is the lack of access people have to get help. Most teenagers who suffer from some disorders don't know how or where they should seek treatment because there's often no one in their life who has been through something similar before and understands what they're going through.
With such limited resources available for teens today (and adults), this leaves room for more problems down the line if we do not find better ways to address this issue while offering support throughout each stage of recovery. In addition, when someone suffers from an untreated mental health condition, they are at risk of self-harm which could turn into a suicide attempt, which could turn into cyberbullying and so on.
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Finally, suppose we want to make sure that the current generation of teenagers can enjoy their teenage years without having such problems get in the way. In that case, there needs to be better mental health education for children of all ages starting from elementary school through high school (and even earlier) and more resources available throughout each stage of recovery.