Mental Health in Adolescents and Millennials

Almost half of all the youth may have some psychological issues during the year. Some of the common problems among adolescents are anxiety disorder, behavior disorder, mood disorders, and substance abuse.  About one-fifth of adolescents are living with more severe conditions requiring mental care, like anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorder.

Further, epidemiological data shows that the prevalence of mental diseases is highest in 18 to 25 years old compared to any other age group. Of the 8% living with severe depression, about 2% may attempt suicide during the year. Most of the mental health issues diagnosed in adults become established by the age of 14 years. All these facts only underline the importance of timely help or treatment.

Why are millennials the most anxious generation?

It seems that millennials are more probable to suffer from anxiety and other mood disorders. They are under increasing pressure to earn money, have higher carrier aspirations. Yet, they are not confident about their perspectives. Further, they have pressures of student loan, providing care to family, and all this is made worse by social media. It seems the lifestyle portrayed on social media may be one contributing factor to the health crisis among young minds.

Students and young adults are hesitant to seek mental health help

  • Despite the rising prevalence of mental health issues, support is not accessible due to numerous barriers. Many simply do not realize the need to do so; others think that mental health treatment is not effective. Poor access to mental health care and inconvenience is one of the most significant reasons for not seeking help.
  • Another critical problem with seeking help is the stigma attached to the problem. Most individuals would like to maintain privacy, and they would not want others to know about their mental health issue. Moreover, it is known that if other people come to know about some one’s mental health issues, it may result in discrimination and social isolation. Further, shame associated with these conditions prevent adolescents from seeking medical help.

Telepsychiatry could be a solution to the rising mental health problems in adolescents

One way to stop the onslaught of mental diseases is education and timely help. So, why not put technology at work? A tech at which millennials excel and love. Why not educate and help them remotely? Telepsychiatry could be a possible solution to the mental health problems of youth.

Telepsychiatry has many benefits over traditional channels of providing care:

  • Provide services that can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. Excellent way of providing education related to mental health issues.Reduced risk of stigmatization, and high level of privacy.
  • Better possibility of providing early interventions.

Telepsychiatry works by providing psychoeducation, promoting wellness, providing early intervention through its accessibility.

Millennials grew up with technology and online communication becomes part of the norm of interaction, and thus are comfortable sharing hidden thoughts on online platforms. 

Does telepsychiatry work?

It is still a young branch of medicine or psychiatry. Nonetheless, early studies indicate that it could be of real help for young people. It works well due to the lower barrier to seeking help.

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