ife is a journey. Some of the most important decisions of your life will be made in the young adult years. During the young adult years, you’re trying to put the world in order, you’re forming your world view, finding your purpose, possibly starting a family or business – sometimes both. In a fast moving and ever-changing world, it’s all too easy to fall into a cycle of doubt, insecurity, and uncertainty. Therapy for young adults can help ease many life transitions and empower you with healthy ways of managing your emotions. Our therapists specializes in working with the specific needs of young adults and fully understand your unique challenges.
Issues Young Adults Face
As a young adults today, you’re probably facing a whole new set of challenges than previous generations. You likely grew up with mass amounts of technology and fully embedded within the digital world of social media. Social media, while it has many benefits, also comes with all new pressures for young adults today. Whether it’s the feeling of isolation, or the addiction to image “likes”, social media can be extremely toxic for mental health. At the same time, it leaves people feeling powerless to avoid. Social media habits are changing the way that young adults communicate, and it’s probably changing the way you spend your leisure time, work, and even sleep.
Young adults are also facing a tough housing market. With supply limited, prices through the roof, and government regulations on development, young adults like you can easily slip into feelings of hopelessness when it comes to owning a home. This crisis may also be causing you to delay or even rethink starting a family or get married.
With the advent of technology, lots of decent jobs are starting to become automated, and young adults are now facing a unique employment challenge. You might also be dealing with the highest student loan debt in history as college tuition continues to rise. All these important factors combine to make the perfect cocktail of stress that can induce mental health issues.
Luckily we understand and can help you navigate these challenges so that you can enjoy clarity, peace of mind, and sound mental health.
Social Expectations of Young Adults
Social expectations for young adults can often feel unrealistic. Your family may pressure you to go to college and choose a certain major, even when you’re not sure what your passions are. Your friends may be committing to relationships, leaving you feeling alone and unloved. You’re supposed to make enough money to support yourself, but you don’t have a great deal of experience in any field. And on social media, you see examples of people living adventurous, fulfilling lives, leaving you feeling depressed and/or envious.
There are many societal expectations that young adults face that may not blend with who you naturally are as a person. This can be confusing and can alienate you from your peers. This has often led to getting bullied for being different and in more extreme cases, many like you contemplate, and some may even commit suicide. Societal expectations can include issues of marriage, politics, sexual orientation, religion, money, having children, and more. Society is constantly trying to persuade young adults one way or the other on these issues. You may be finding it extremely difficult to find solid principles or morals to live by. We know how hard it is for you to be in a seemingly never ending state of doubt and confusion surrounding these fundamental issues resulting in mental instability.
Young Adults and Mental Health
Per the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 20 percent of young adults struggle with a psychological disorder. It can be confusing for young people to understand what’s happening to them when they begin to experience mental health issues.
About half of the young people who have a psychological condition develop it by the time they’re 14. During that time, you’re likely dealing with hormonal fluctuations, peer pressure, anxiety, and sexual changes. It can be hard to understand everything that’s going on.
Moreover, the brain doesn’t fully mature until you’re in your mid-twenties. The changes that happen in your central nervous system after you go through puberty are largely associated with emotional regulation and high-order cognitive processing.
Some of the common warning signs of mental illness in young adults include:
• Out-of-control behaviors
• Feelings of sadness and isolation that persist for more than two weeks
• Overwhelming fear
• Attempts to control the diet through drastic measures
• Dramatic changes in personality
• Regular use of drugs or alcohol
It’s not always easy to recognize when these factors indicate that you have a problem. Many young adults experience dramatic mood swings, interpersonal problems, and problems concentrating just because they’re going through so much in a short period.
Plus, young adults are expected to explore their opportunities and take risks. How can you know if it’s becoming an issue? Tell someone.
Seeking out professional help can always benefit you. Therapy for young adults helps you understand what’s going on in your mind so that you can set a solid foundation for the future.