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There are many who come across the question that if life is so much easier these days with the invention of machines and advancements in technology, why are different types of mental illnesses like depression or anxiety on the rise?

If you compare our lives with what it was 50 years back, you will certainly find the present life to be easier but despite that, mental illnesses are drastically rising like never before. Several researchers from NYT Langone Medical Center found out that more and more Americans are suffering from SPD (serious psychological distress). According to a federal database, it was concluded that 3.6% of the American population, which is more than 8.4 million Americans, is suffering from SPD. 

In fact, the same also comes from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, as they add to the fact that SPD usually combines feelings of worthlessness, sadness and restlessness. All these negative feelings are enough to hamper the physical and mental well-being of an individual. 

Does it get better with thoughts like suicide?

No, it doesn’t get better even when you speak of suicide. In the last half of May 2018, according to a study at the Pediatric Academic Societies, it was found that the total number of teens and children who were admitted to hospitals for committing suicide has also doubled since the last decade. It is sad enough to note that there are several studies which report a similar trend and this proves yet again that there is a rather meteoric rise in mental illnesses which oftentimes results in many suicide attempts. The case is even truer among teens and children. 

What are the driving factors behind such a drastic rise?

Behind these alarming mental illness trends, what are the driving factors? Here are a few that have been shown by the researchers.

  • Increase in parental pressures especially among teens who are studying
  • Increased pressures in performance
  • Increased adoption of electronic media
  • Divisive news and its increase
  • Increased threats and terrorist events
  • Dramatic increase in the graphic media
  • Dramatic increase in movies, TV programs and video games
  • Pressure of social media
  • Confusion of sexual orientation
  • Confusion of gender
  • Increased financial pressure on parents
  • Reduced and poor sleep patterns
  • Easy access to recreational drugs
  • Diminished parental contact, children are getting separated from families and parents and they’re rather bonding themselves with peers
  • Over indulged and over-protected children

Unfortunately, there are many more reasons which are driving this uptrend of mental illnesses. At the same time, there is also a shortage and dearth of mental health resources to assist all those who are suffering from mental illness. While there are few trustworthy online resources like psychologytoday.com and https://www.e-counseling.com/ which can give you practical self-help advice and thousands of mental health articles, not many people are aware of them. 

Is there any solution to reduce these soaring trends?

It is rather unfortunate to note that there are no such easy solutions. Something that is immediately required is a widespread rethink of all the factors which are contributing to this rise and then taking a wholesale pledge to bring about a healthy change in the mindset of people. However, it is also not that there are no forms of mental health treatment. In fact, you can get from several sources. There are mental health counselors who are employed in community programs, schools, corporations, agencies, federal programs and government hospitals. These counselors are trained professionally to alleviate the impact of mental health concerns and they do this in the following ways:

  • They conduct an individual assessment and offer training to individuals and groups to understand the signs of mental illness
  • Working with psychiatrists, psychologists and other health professionals to offer therapeutic and rehabilitative care
  • Working with people who are already suffering from different forms of mental illness and who have already implemented plans for treatment which facilitate recovery

Poor mental health is increasing so much that the mental health providers aren’t able to keep up with the demand. Solving these issues aren’t that easy as they need to go through screening of mental health and education at the initial care level. People are exploring all the ways to bring in more and more mental health professionals in the industry who will be able to solve these issues.

Therefore, when you’re someone who is thinking of helping someone with psychological distress, you should get in touch with a reputable therapist or a counselor. 


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