The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports more than 40 percent of young adults have felt more than average amounts of stress within the last year. They also report more than 80 percent of young adults felt overwhelmed and many of those felt things were hopeless.
These are a few of the alarming statistics associated with the mental health of young adults who are lacking treatment, between the ages of 18 and 24.
Being a young adult can be a time of great fun, adventure, discovering yourself, learning new information, and meeting new friends. It is some of these same activities that can create mental health concerns. For instance, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), the top three mental health illnesses experienced among young adults is anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.
The survey results reported by the APA suggest young adults feel that treatment services are inadequate. Therefore, it is even more important for you to know what young adults are facing and how to get help.
Young adults are pressured to socialize, or have other responsibilities such as taking care of children or family members. Small things like having a car break down, a relationship breakup, a fight with a friend, or a medical injury can create enormous stress and anxiety for a young adult who is already feeling overwhelmed.
These life stressors can encourage a mental health crisis that will eventually require a treatment program.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states sleep is vital for academic success. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor concentration and an inability to focus on tasks. It can mean poor daytime functioning, when a student is needed to be at their best. Sleep deprivation only enhances mental health problems. This is so because during sleep, the body and brain work to repair the damages from the day. During sleep you are being healed so you can better take on the challenges of the next day.
In addition, sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and weakening the immune system. And there is a direct link between grades and GPA and lack of sleep.
Young adults face an adjustment phase when going to college or the work force. They are realizing they have more freedom than usual and must make decisions on their own. This can be tough for adults who are used to a parent helping them. They also put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed. If they don’t meet their own expectations, they can likely experience a mental health issue.
It is important young adults know how to recognize and cope with mental health issues to avoid any type of crisis.