The Mental Health Problems of Our Youth
It is a serious problem.
One thing that really concerns me is the mental health of young people (teens and twenties). My son is 24, and virtually all of his friends have mental/emotional problems. Quite honestly, it’s hard for adults to understand the problems that they are facing.
When I was their age, yes, life had it’s challenges, but we were fundamentally balanced, we did activities, we laughed and had friends. Few people were seriously mentally unbalanced and in a deep depression.
But now depression seems to be the norm.
It is sad, because I know many of my son’s friends very well. I was involved in their lives and I tried to be there for them.
While this is a global problem, it seems to be worse (much worse) in the USA. In fact, this is one of the main reasons that my son has decided to live in Europe. For his own mental health he had to get away from the poisonous attitudes that are so prevalent in the USA. And I applaud him for taking the steps he needs to take.
It is clear that young people in the USA are under attack.
A few years ago I wrote an important article called, Your Brushstrokes of Life. Here is a short snippet from that article…
The questions, “who am I?” and “what do I do?” are questions of identity, your internal belief structure about who you are and how you fit into this world.
Identity is a function of your mind.
The mind wants to have something to grasp onto.
The mind doesn’t like uncertainty.
It doesn’t like the unknown.
The mind is fearful.
It wants anchor points; the stronger the better.
Your mind wants labels; it wants to be defined. ‘I’m a carpenter, an entrepreneur, a political activist, a teacher, a liberal, conservative, or Christian, an American, young, hip, attractive, ugly, male, female, strong, funny, a good writer, a nerd, a jock, gay, an athlete, etc.’
Here’s an important point to understand…
To the mind, being undefined is painful. Your mind would rather have physical or emotional pain than be undefined, so if it doesn’t have labels, it will latch onto whatever it can, even negative labels. I’m a thief, a smoker, a gambler, a drunk, a drug addict, a loser, poor, or handicapped.
To the mind, a negative label is better than no label. Without labels, you can feel like you don’t know who you are or how you fit into society. You can feel lost, weak and lacking in confidence.
Your identity helps define you. It gives you perspective and it gives you purpose. It is core to who you are, and it determines whether you will be happy or sad, content or unfulfilled, successful at relationships, career and spiritual matters, or not.
With this context, it’s obvious to see why the American youth are under attack, and why the Woke culture wants to erase all normal, healthy forms of identity.
If traditional, healthy mental anchor points are successfully destroyed, the youth will grab onto whatever identity is easiest, healthy or unhealthy.
This is why we are seeing a dramatic increase (almost 10%) in the number of high schoolers who identify as trans or gender-diverse. This is a shocking number and it is not healthy.
Adults know it, but the youth don’t.
It’s up to us to lead them back to sanity by giving them clearly defined identities and opening their eyes to the propaganda that is hurting our young people.
Another way our youth is under attack is drugs, either legal pharmaceuticals or street drugs. Although many people will disagree with me, I do NOT believe that pharmaceuticals such as Adderall, Mydayis, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft are healthy to take for most people.
I have seen the effect that these drugs have on people I know, and it’s not good.
Yet doctors prescribe these drugs like they are candy.
Do you know which companies have received the largest criminal fines in history?
Yes, the pharmaceutical companies. They created the opioid crisis. They have killed countless people. They distort science. They corrupt politicians and journalists.
And yet people still trust these companies.
What is the solution to youth mental health?
I see three solutions.
The SECOND solution is to pull kids out of public schools. My son is out of school, but if he was school age still I would absolutely pull him out of public schools and I would either home school or find a more creative solution.
The THIRD solution to mental health is physical health.
Look at this trailer for “The Motivation Factor”, which shows a physical fitness program that high schools did in the 60’s. This was JFK’s initiative. So look at this trailer below (alt link) and compare these high schoolers from the 60’s to today’s high schoolers…
This is one of the most important issues of our time. We have to do whatever we can to help our youth live a healthy life. Our future depends upon it.
Tell me your thoughts.
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