Young Americans Are Making Fewer Visits for Mental Health Problems

Young Americans Are Making Fewer Visits for Mental Health Problems

Perhaps we all know that feeling when you are young and the whole world seems like it’s yours. You don’t care about anything but to have fun and feel in charge. We don’t know about you, gals, but that scenario certainly applies to many of us guys.

Therefore, you just can’t expect highly-confident teenagers to rush over to the doctor just to check their mental health if nothing is bothering them. We certainly don’t blame them. That’s just how the world works.

The results are surprising

FoxNews tells us about a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggesting that the return to school and reduced isolation could have contributed to improved mental health among teenagers who live in the US. The researchers observed a decrease in weekly emergency department visits for mental health conditions in the case of teenagers throughout the Fall of 2022 compared to the previous year.

As pandemic restrictions eased and students came back to school, increased social engagement and reduced isolation were linked to better mental and behavioral health. But despite the positive trend, mental health issues among teenagers remain a significant public health concern. The report also highlighted a rise in weekly emergency department visits for opioid-involved overdoses in the case of adolescent males. The CDC emphasizes the importance of trauma-informed interventions, early identification, and comprehensive prevention efforts to support the mental and behavioral health of teenagers.

Taking care of your personal mental health might be just as important as having good looks. In both cases, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming or complicated. One good tip to have good mental health over the years is to practice mindfulness. This means taking moments throughout the day to be present and fully engaged in the present moment. Mindfulness exercises include deep breathing or simply focusing on your senses. By doing so, you can help reduce stress and increase overall well-being.


Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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