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Mental health during adolescence

Mental health means being happy with yourself, a state of mind that lets you live a happy life, not just with yourself, but with all your beloved. Unfortunately, mental health issues affects many teenegers, especially in the new generation, the so-called Gen Z.

Today thousands of girls and boys struggle everyday with their thoughts. They live with the constant fear of judgment about their behavior or physical aspect, fighting daily with anxiety and paranoia, but there’s more, often these problems turn into real personality disorder. The most diffuse pathologies are Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disturb and Narcissism, but mental health can also relate to eating disorders, DCA, including Binge Eating, Anorexia, Bulimia.

If mental health is not treated as well as a physical illness, it can lead to serious consequences, such as suicide. For this reason it ‘s essential to always consult a specialist who can help you heal. The most widespread example to date is Depression, an illness that brings the person who is affected to slowly lose themself and the control of their life. In this case it is essential to follow the proposed therapy to heal, including the use of psychiatric drugs.

About food behavior disorders, in these cases eating becomes a nightmare, you have the
phobia of gaining weight and eat less and less until you almost stop. Especially in these cases therapy is necessary for healing, because in the most extreme cases, it can lead to death. In Italy there are many structures dedicated to the rehabilitation of people suffering from DCA, and it is thanks to these structures that many teenagers are able to save themselves from these awful disturbances.

Today, about 3 million young people in Italy suffer from these disorders. All of this makes
you think how we have a completely wrong view of eating, an action that has been linked to man since birth, from the period of breastfeeding and how this is fueled by social
stereotypes of perfect bodies that are proposed on TV. Young people always find imperfections in themself because of the comparisons with this “model”.

I really hope that all those who are facing these kinds of battles will be able to win against them to live the happy life they deserve. My father always repeats to me: “The world is beautiful because it is varied”, and I firmly believe in these words, so young people from all over the world this is my message: “always love yourself, and especially love what makes you unique and inimitable”.
Article written by the student Federica Ferraiuolo