I have been on a constant journey of reasoning and understanding for a long while, and I think I had some breakthroughs recently. There has been a significant uptick in mental health issues with the millennial generation, and has continued with Gen Z. I had been trying to figure out why so many millennials (myself included) suffer from mental disorders and came to some conclusions. While mental health and suicide were no longer taboo, we took it to another level. We used phrases like "I'm just a little OCD", "kill me now", and "I might as well die" in common language. We had bands selling slitting wrists and committing suicide by the dozen, and we continuously saturated ourselves with toxic chatrooms and online gaming. While I don't think those factors are solely responsible, I definitely think it's within reason that they have played a role. There have been recent studies conducted that have shown a significant increase in mental disorders in Gen Z due to Tik Tok. There have even been studies showing that children who have created a Tik Tok persona have actually developed acute mental disorders due to the exposure.
All of this came about because my Facebook feed tends to be flooded with the normalization of mental health disorders. While I don't doubt others struggle with mental disorders, it definitely has played a role in my willingness to seek treatment. When everyone has a disorder, I feel like I'm not that bad off. I'm also acutely aware (people have made me aware) that having constant suicidal thoughts is not normal, so there is that.
I would very much like to see studies conducted on the correlation of exposure to negative (emotional) media and mental health. I think it would be a pretty interesting read.
TL;DR Just_A_Traveler thinks too much. #ObsessiveCompulsiveAndRelatedDisorder #MentalHealth #SuicidalThoughts