Okay don't roast me for this please. Hear me out to the end. It's politically incorrect, I know but still.
What's the cause? Sensitivity. Young people and teenagers are being sheltered from the real world so heavily and getting so touchy about certain things that they believe that they have a mental illness. If you go into an exam and you are nervous and you're a little shaky, you do not have anxiety. You are just nervous, like anyone and everyone else. You don't need medication. You do not need therapy. You are nervous because you're in an environment that should make you nervous. Anxiety is constantly feeling anxious even though there is nothing to feel anxious about.
If you have a bad day at school or have an argument with a friend or you lose a friend or something bad happens and you are sad by it, you are not depressed. You are upset by a situation that should make you sad. Depression is when even though good things are happening or things that aren't bad are happening, you are still sad. You are still upset. Not being sad by things that should be making you sad. If your dog dies, it is sad. You should cry. You should be upset. You should sit in bed and just mourn your loss. But it isn't the end of the world.
If you can't sleep for a night, or you struggle to sleep so you sit on your phone all night, you are not an insomniac. You can't sit on your phone all night and expect to get sleep. You also can't expect perfect sleep every night. Insomnia is waking up in the middle of the night and not falling asleep, or not being able to fall asleep for hours or constantly being disturbed in sleep. I personally am an insomniac. It is not just not being able to fall asleep. I have medication I can take - proper drugs. Even though I need them, I don't take them because I want to get better without being dependent on drugs. Because I don't want to be an insomniac. I don't want to struggle sleeping.
And so these young people go to their doctors and they say they've been feeling sad and the doctors prescribe them medication for being a human and then all of sudden everyone has a mental illness even though they might not. I have seen this cliche everywhere. Everyone I know is mentally ill somehow. It isn't because things are getting harder. It's because people are getting weaker.
Mental illness rates are significantly lower in third world countries. So are suicide rates. Why? Because even though they don't have food or security or education, they are able to make themselves happy by being grateful for everything they do have. It is almost a privilege to be able to have a mental illness. People, particularly the younger age brackets, in first world countries are so padded to sadness that we have to be fucking taught resilience. My school teaches us how to be resilient. What the actual hell!? Resilience is a human instinct. To bounce back from struggles. We have become so weak that we need to be taught.
The solution is to stop treating us like fragile china. We're not going to break because of some nerves or some sadness. This is why mental illness has increased so rapidly. Because we're weak and it's time to grow a pair.
Sorry if I triggered some people by this. It's done now.