The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, and the brain is the powerhouse of the body. So why do we just overlook it? Mental health is constantly downplayed, people, especially older generations are always making it seem like our problems shouldn't be problems. Yeah, okay, boomer. Just because we don't have a house payment doesn't mean we don't have real problems.
A study about depression in teens done in the United Kingdom revealed upsetting but very real results. The study showed that depression had increased from 5 to 15 percent between the years 2005 and 2015. The sad reality is that no one is doing anything about it. Depression is a real thing it's not just someone refusing to go outside or to participate. Depression affects everything from the way you act the way you think and feel about yourself.
This new age of technology doesn't help the growing issues either. When you're scrolling through Instagram it's easy to start feeling bad about yourself. No one is ever posting about their problems. All you see are trips to exotic places, size 00 Instagram models, and people with the perfect houses. It becomes easier to notice everything about yourself that you don't like. There's more emphasis on what you're doing, what you're going to do and what you've already done. You see people your age rich and successful and feel like you're falling behind. That's not the reality however and most people don't realize it.
It's getting increasingly harder to notice when you're going down a rabbit hole, everyone feels bad about themselves from time to time but feeling like there is no other option besides ending your life is not. Worry and stress are part of life but that doesn't mean that you need to neglect these aspects and feelings of your life either. Mental health might not be as evident as physical health but it is just as important. It is not selfish nor self-indulgent to want or to take care of yourself. Take care of yourself in all aspects, spiritually and mentally not just physically.
Not only is there a spike in depression but anxiety as well. An article published in the Washingtonpost sheds incredible light on the rising mental health problems. Jelena Kecmanovic is a clinical psychologist who has been researching this. In the article, she published she talks about GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). This is when someone’s anxiety goes past the normal. She explains that many people are too scared to come forward when they feel more anxious than normal because they've been told to worry is just a part of life. This is said a lot about mental health, anxiety, and depression are just a few of the things that people have to deal with, and because society has put such an emphasis on sadness and worry being apart of life no one feels the need to do anything, and that's the problem.