Over the course of life, we experience difficult situations and stronger feelings. They change your way of thinking, self-esteem, behaviour and well-being. Your experiences can involve stress, overthinking, trauma and abuse. Your mental health and recovery are both important when it comes to getting help. Both have symptoms such as having low energy to physical problems or even thinking about death or suicide. This is one of the reasons why you should take mental health seriously.
Mental health problems are more common than it looks like
As a matter of fact , an Anxiety and Depression Association study shows that “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year”, but it’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa.
Sadly, as teenagers or even as adults, we avoid showing our feelings, talking to our friends, family, much less with professionals. We have the tendency to think that we can solve everything on our own. Or we just don’t trust people around us enough to tell them so many things about our lives. If you are a teenager, you might also think that having mental health problems makes you popular and getting help makes you less ‘cooler’, which is just so wrong. Anyway, whatever your reason is, you have to ‘talk to yourself’ and figure out a way to avoid bigger problems and make yourself love life again.
You are not alone
It takes a long time to open up about mental health and realize how many people want to help you. But once you do and see that no one wants to judge you, but to make you feel heard, your life might change. If you go on this journey of understanding your mental health, at the end of it you’ll look back and be so proud of yourself.
Receiving help is the most important thing one can do for himself and when mental illness is treated equally with other illnesses, more people get the courage they need.