Mental Health Awareness And The Generation Gap
As a child I was weary of the big world around me, and at that age, I could never comprehend how and why I would feel a constant gut-wrenching worry about most things. Once I became more self-aware and learnt about mental health on a deeper level, I realised I was suffering from high functioning anxiety all this while, which I had childishly defined as being ‘too sensitive’. I had a hard time explaining this whole concept of mental health to my family and that’s when it really hit me that the generation gap is a big factor in the understanding of mental health across different generations. What I am able to question today is something my parents would never even consider a valid question to ask an adult in their time.
One of the most common factors for individuals with emerging mental health conditions to avoid seeking help is the anticipated discrimination which could potentially lead to social marginalization. Personally, I remember having had a few emotional outbursts early on which got me a personality trait rather than an actual understanding of my irrational fears and impulsivity through the lens of cognitive psychology. Today as an adult, I realised that the Generation X lack a succinct understanding of mental health as a concept which has omitted them from introspection of their own behaviours for a very long period.