The life of a young adult is a like a rollercoaster that last for years. With emotional ups and downs and ins and outs, a young person can feel on the verge of something — anything — long after puberty sets in. Early adulthood is a period marked by changes and growth physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is also during this time that the onset of mental health disorders can occur — illnesses that can severely impact the life of the individual for years to come.
Young Adulthood – Issues and Challenges
Common Disorders in Young Adults | Dual Diagnosis
Young adulthood is described as the developmental phase between the ages of 18 to 35 and involves furthering the move towards independence from the family unit. Many changes have taken place over the last several decades such as advances in technology leading to changes in the way we communicate, higher education being necessary to increase job prospects, young people marrying later due to a general acceptance of premarital sex and cohabitation, and young women are feeling less pressured to have babies due to a wider range of career options and access to reproductive technology. Choices for both genders are numerous and the task of making important decisions begins in high school when a young person is faced with the question of what to do when they leave school. Expectations are now less clear about what the next step is after finishing school. Many young people remain unattached to romantic partners or permanent homes choosing to live with parents for longer or sharing accommodation, travelling, working overseas, enjoying the many options for study, and working in various jobs to explore a range of occupations. Counselling can assist young adults to transition more successfully from adolescence into adulthood by providing an environment in which any difficulties may be discussed in complete confidentiality.
Common Mental Health Disorders in Young Adults
Is the transition into adulthood not as exciting as you thought it would be? Alternatively, is this transition making you feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or even scared? Making the transition into adulthood can be a frustrating, self-doubting, and even painful experience.
We're here to help. In a Buzzfeed article, Jessica Misener may have put it best: childhood is like a paint-by-numbers art activity while young adulthood is a blank canvas. The guidance and structure afforded in youth dissolves with age and instead of coloring within the lines provided, young adults must create their own path for independence, financial stability, work or school achievement, and interpersonal relationships. Although social media posts may suggest that everyone is excelling in their twenties, the truth is that many young adults struggle to some degree during this period of their lives. It makes sense that young adulthood can be full of mental and emotional unrest.