Hey there 👋 I wanna share some super important info with you:
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In the U.S., 26% of Americans 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. It is estimated that 20% of children have mental disorders. Four out of 10 of the biggest causes of disability are mental disorders.
This is a problem.
The amount of medication-only appointments have been consistently higher over the last several years, even though research shows that medication AND therapy is the most effective.
I fully believe our culture has forgotten how to cope. We use electronic pacifiers when we feel uncomfortable. We avoid difficult emotions, zoning out as we scroll through social media. Sometimes, we panic when we feel something we don’t like.
I realize there are many instances of people with horrifying histories and biological disadvantages. However, even those instances could be coped with much better if culturally, we knew how.
Further, people have mental health problems left and right, yet we still stigmatize it.
Outside of the 26% of Americans with a diagnosable disorder, how many people struggle silently? How many people just need emotional support? I’m going to say that the answer is…A LOT.
I’m dedicating a lot of my life to trying to make a change, offer support, and write new narratives about mental health. As I go through my graduate program to become a mental health therapist, I’ve decided to share all I can to make a difference.
This isn’t just about the current 26%. It’s about changing the narrative. It’s about culturally, learning how to mentally cope. It’s about learning healthy habits and becoming more resilient people.
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