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One in Three Young Americans Suffers From Mental Illness

Why Does 1 in 3 Young People Experience Mental Illness?

Since one in three young people in the US has confronted mental illness, chances are you have too.

New government figures show that 30 percent of Americans 18-25 deal with some sort of mental illness, and depression is higher among women and the unemployed. Maybe there's really something to the "thrisis" — the so-called crisis that hits as today's young adults near 30 worry that they have not accomplished traditional marks of adulthood like buying a house or supporting themselves. In addition to the stress associated with not having a job, losing access to health insurance, and thus preventative treatment for mental illness, also helps explain the high figures among the jobless.

Overall, one in five Americans has a mental illness, while those 50 and over had the lowest rate at 13.7 percent. A previous study concluded that we're happiest at 54. In that study, resolving issues in at least four unhappy areas of your life was key, and such positive changes included switching careers, ending unhappy relationships, ditching toxic friends, traveling for three or more months, and downsizing to a less-materialistic lifestyle. So maybe younger people need more time to accomplish these healthy life changes.

Be it anxiety, depression, or something else — do you deal with some sort of mental health issue?

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searching-soul searching-soul 6 years
I'm glad that these mental health issues are being de-stigmatized as well. I have mixed feelings about calling some of these disorders metal illness. I don't know of anyone in my encounters with meeting people who has'nt been depressed or anxious at certain points in their lives. Life's circumstances are at times quite depressing or anxiety provoking. Some people are just more resilient in terms of bouncing back and recovering quickly. Those who struggle and don't bounce back as quickly are labeled as having a disorder. In some cases this labeling is accurate I'm sure, but if someone is faced with constant hardships and adversity or experienced significant trauma's in their life, of course they're not going to snap out of something as quickly as someone who might not have experienced these things. I think outlook also plays a big part in how we experience the world. If your outlook is negative due to constant stress of course you are going to struggle with depression. I don't know if I would necessarily label depression as mental illness in all cases. I'm kind of on the fence about that. I think it's more of a mental heath "crisis" in many cases. Either way I'm glad these issues are getting the attention they deserve.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
Wait, if one in 3 has confronted mental illness it doesn't mean that "chances are you have", chances still are that you haven't, 66%. I know it's technicality, but just pointing it out. My highschool boyfriend had generalized anxiety disorder and went to therapy for it. It caused havoc in his life, and I really hope it gets better as the years go by. I'm really glad mental illness is so addressed these days, and carries less of a stigma. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and should be taken care of with as much emphasis.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Why is the thrises associated with mental illness? In my opinion, thrises is more associated with growing pains than mental illness. Thrises is a form of adult adolescence. Perhaps I'm mistaken. I thought mental illness was a disorder. Perhaps a disability. A thrises is NEITHER of these. This article is lost on me.
Ac2366 Ac2366 6 years
I've been depressed to the point that I didn't want to leave the house and literally cried for hours everyday. I felt completely worthless and I didn't think anyone would miss me if I disappeared. It was for about 8 months when I was 21 years old. One day I just told myself to shut up and get up. I forced myself out of the house, I got a job, and everyday it got easier and I eventually felt normal again. I've always been shy. I wonder if these days that would be diagnosed as social anxiety?
amber512 amber512 6 years
I definitely think we talk about mental illness a lot more now. More people know about me now than have ever in the past. I have OCD, depression, anxiety (mostly social anxiety) and am agoraphobic (although not an extreme case).
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 6 years
I believe that I'm 29 now and since I my early 20's I feel like I have had these 'episodes' of depression. I cant explain it but I know when its happening and just as easily as it comes it goes. Its been an on and off thing for the past 10 years
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I definitely had anxiety and depression issues my last few years of college. I was convinced I was going to fail at least one class every semester that I ended up getting an A in. I blame the pill and my genes. I seem to be OK now as long as I have a somewhat intense workout almost every day.
GTCB GTCB 6 years
My brother has been diagnosed with both anxiety disorder and ADD. And I recognize some of the symptoms in myself, although I've never been diagnosed with anything nor had any struggles with mental problems. It is my feeling that mental health is almost in a crisis mode in this country (Canada), and precious little is being done about it. At least my brother has been healthy now for a long time.
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