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Post-College Depression: Why It’s So Common and How to Cope

Reading Time: 7 minutes College commencement—“the first day of the rest of your life.” After four long years, countless cram sessions, and too many all-nighters, you’ve finally made it. There’s nothing quite like that moment when you finally throw your cap in the air (literally or figuratively). But for many recent graduates, the feelings of accomplishment and celebration quickly […]
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Loneliness and Depression in Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Emerging adults are the loneliest generation, despite being more social and more plugged-in than other age groups. Loneliness peaks between the ages of 18 and 29, according to a new research review. And feeling lonely increases the risk of mental health conditions—creating an epidemic of loneliness and depression in young adults. Loneliness is defined as […]
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High-Functioning Anxiety: What It Is and How to Cope

Reading Time: 7 minutes When we think about anxiety, we usually think about being paralyzed with fear and worry, to the point of being unable to deal with everyday tasks. However, anxiety doesn’t always manifest that way. In fact, young adults with high-functioning anxiety are often overachievers who appear to be succeeding in every aspect of life. But on […]
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Is the Young Adult Brain Wired for Narcissism?

Reading Time: 7 minutes By the time we reach age 10, our brains have grown to their full size. But that doesn’t mean they’ve finished developing. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for weighing consequences vs. instant gratification, making thoughtful decisions, and managing emotions, doesn’t fully mature until the mid-20s, and possibly even later. Moreover, the prefrontal cortex, in […]
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Tall Poppy Syndrome: When You Get Cut Down for Standing Out

Reading Time: 6 minutes Getting recognized for your accomplishments should be cause for celebration. So why does it sometimes feel like your successes have made you the target of criticism, gossip, or downright sabotage? You may be experiencing the social phenomenon known as “Tall Poppy Syndrome.”  Young adults are particularly vulnerable to Tall Poppy Syndrome. Competition for grades and […]
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The Effects of Stress on College Students

Reading Time: 6 minutes The effects of stress on college students are taking an increasingly heavy toll. With the typical stressors of college multiplied by the pandemic, nine out of 10 students believe there is a mental health crisis on college campuses, according to a recent survey.  Each semester brings new challenges and uncertainties alongside academic demands. Anxiety about […]
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How Cancel Culture Psychology and Toxic Tribalism Impact Young Adult Mental Health

Reading Time: 6 minutes Human beings are wired for connection. Having strong communities in which members looked out for each kept our ancestors alive, and connection is still key to our well-being. We want to feel a sense of belonging within a group of people who share our values—whether that’s Cubs fans, a gaming community, or Swifties (Taylor Swift […]
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Fear of Adulting: I’m 21 But I Still Don’t Feel Like an Adult

Reading Time: 7 minutes Turning 21 can feel like crossing a line in the sand between adolescence and adulthood. In the United States, turning 21 not only grants young people permission to legally drink and smoke, it also marks the official transition to adulthood, and all the responsibilities and expectations that go along with that. For some young people, […]
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Depression in College Students: New Statistics and Research

Reading Time: 6 minutes College is typically one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life—and also one of the most stressful. Positive experiences of connection, learning, and independence are counterbalanced by academic and social pressures, coupled with the challenges of being away from home for the first time. That’s why rates of depression in college students […]
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Creating Authentic Relationships and Connections

Reading Time: 7 minutes Authentic relationships—close, supportive, and nurturing connections—are essential to mental health. Research shows that the quality of our relationships is directly linked to our happiness, well-being, and self-esteem. Unfortunately, early childhood trauma can impede our ability to create and maintain healthy, authentic relationships. When the parent-child bond is disrupted early in life, we carry the psychological […]
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What Is Hidden Depression in Young Adults?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Hidden depression can be hidden from others—or it can be hidden from ourselves. A young adult with hidden depression may deliberately conceal how they’re feeling for fear of how they’ll be perceived. Or they may think that the feelings will resolve themselves if they can just “fake it ‘til they make it.” But in other […]
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What We Can Learn from Olympic Athletes About Building Resilience Through Sports

Reading Time: 6 minutes Olympic athletes sometimes seem almost superhuman. Despite immense pressure and the millions of eyes upon them, they remain focused, calm, and collected as they push their bodies to achieve at the highest levels imaginable. In order to become the best at what they do, they’ve had to build both physical and mental resilience through sports. […]
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The Effects of Worrying on Young Adult Mental Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes Today’s young adults face an unprecedented degree of fear and uncertainty as they launch their lives. Globally, there’s the fear of viral contagion, economic insecurity, social disruption, and climate change. Individually, they face financial worries, disrupted plans, and personal losses, both large and small. At the same time, the pandemic has reduced opportunities for day-to-day […]
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The Mental Health Effects of Sleep Deprivation in College Students

Reading Time: 4 minutes College and sleep deprivation are known to go hand in hand. But pulling all-nighters doesn’t just leave young people yawning in class—it may also significantly reduce their well-being. Sleep deprivation in college students and other young adults may be contributing to the current mental health crisis among this age group. Sleep Deprivation in College Students: […]
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Why Young Adults Should Build Emotional Resilience, Not Resolutions

Reading Time: 6 minutes The past couple of years have taught us that there’s very little we can predict or control. For most of us, plans and goals, whether big or small, have been upended time and again by the pandemic. The only thing we do have control over is our own behavior. So shouldn’t we be making lots […]
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Is the Idea of Manifesting Change Bad for Mental Health?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Positive manifestation is an idea that has become increasingly popular among young people. Sometimes referred to as the law of attraction, manifestation is the belief we can change and shape our lives just by the way we think. We can control what happens and make our dreams come true by putting good thoughts and energy […]
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What Does Too Much Sugar Do to Your Body?

Reading Time: 8 minutes It’s common knowledge that eating too much sugar and processed foods can lead to health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes in young adults. But that’s not all.
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7 Strategies for Holiday Stress Management

Reading Time: 6 minutes The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. But for most people, the holiday season is definitely not the jolliest time of the year. Young people in particular find the holidays stressful: A Healthline survey found that 65 percent of Gen Z were stressed out by the holiday season, a […]
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A Growing Need for Minnesota Treatment Centers for Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Like their peers around the country, Minnesota’s young adult population is experiencing the long-term negative mental health repercussions of the pandemic. New research shows the one out of every three adults in the North Star State experienced a mental health condition last year. This mental health crisis is exacerbated by a shortage of Minnesota treatment […]
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How to Tell If Someone Is Gaslighting You

Reading Time: 7 minutes With more young people talking openly about mental health, gaslighting has become an increasingly common topic among this age group over the last few years. Gaslighting and other forms of emotional abuse have also shown up in popular media recently—for example, in the Netflix series Maid, the novel and movie The Girl on the Train, […]
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The Scary Truth About How Zombie Scrolling Impacts Mental Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes Their eyes are sunken, their skin is ashen, and they communicate with grunts rather than words. Only their thumbs move, endlessly, flicking up and down on the glowing rectangles clutched in their hands. Just a small part of their brain still works, and that part is entirely devoted to the images flashing before them, one […]
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The 5 Most Powerful Young Adult Tools Learned in Therapy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Many young adults enter therapy at a crisis point, when they are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or another mental health issue. Treatment can support them to address underlying trauma and attachment wounds, so they can return to their lives stronger and more resilient. Moreover, the benefits of therapy go beyond the short term. […]
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How to Help a Friend Who’s Struggling with Their Mental Health

Reading Time: 6 minutes Young adults have felt the impact of pandemic-related stressors more than any other age group. Interruptions to work and school, increased political strife, and limited social interaction have added to the burden of uncertainty and pressure this generation was already carrying. At one point during 2020, three-quarters of young adults were experiencing symptoms of anxiety […]
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Social Media Narcissism in Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Narcissism is often defined as a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance or public image. Many young adults could be described as narcissistic, because they’re at a stage of life when they are establishing their identity and figuring out who they are in relationship to others. But is narcissism on the rise among young […]
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Fear of Leaving the House? It Might Be Pandemic Agoraphobia

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’ve been experiencing a new or heightened fear of leaving the house, you’re not alone. After a year and a half of constantly changing guidelines around daily activities, it’s not easy to determine what’s safe to do in the outside world. As new COVID variants like Delta and Mu are identified, normal behaviors like […]
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Preventing Suicide Among Young Adults: Statistics and Strategies

Reading Time: 6 minutes An increased risk of suicide among young adults is one of the most troubling effects of the COVID pandemic. According to the CDC, one in every four young adults (ages 18–24) has seriously considered suicide as a result of the pandemic and its impact on their social, academic, work, and family life. These suicide statistics […]
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The Truth About Male Body Image Issues

Reading Time: 6 minutes The stigma around male body image issues often prevents young men from speaking honestly about their experiences and seeking treatment for related mental health challenges.
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Why Young Adults Are Seeking More Genuine Connection in Their Dating Life

Reading Time: 4 minutes What really matters in life? That’s a question people of all ages are asking themselves right now. As we gradually emerge from the stress and anxiety of the past year, it feels more important than ever to focus on the things that bring us joy. And for most people, making real connections with others is […]
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The 3 Things Young Professionals Want Most in the Workplace

Reading Time: 7 minutes What do we really want from our jobs, besides a paycheck? That’s a question that millions of people are reconsidering right now—especially young adults. More than 4 million people in the United States quit their jobs in April 2021 alone, according to the Department of Labor, and over 50 percent of 18- to 25 year-olds […]
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5 Ways Young Men Can Cultivate Healthy Masculinity

Reading Time: 7 minutes What does it mean to be a “real man”? It means speaking and living your truth, whatever that may be. But that’s far easier said than done in a culture where men feel pressured to adhere to outdated and damaging stereotypes of masculinity. Despite how far we’ve come in dismantling male gender norms over the […]
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The Facts About Asian American Mental Health and Suicide Rates

Reading Time: 4 minutes New research reveals that the youth mental health crisis is taking a heavy toll on the Asian American community. Statistics from the CDC show that suicide is the first leading cause of death for Asian American young adults—accounting for one-third of the deaths among Asian Americans aged 20–24. This is the only racial group within […]
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7 Signs of Languishing, and How Young Adults Can Move Toward Flourishing

Reading Time: 6 minutes Mental health isn’t simply “good” or “bad”—it’s a spectrum that encompasses a wide range of experiences and symptoms. On one end of that spectrum is depression, characterized by feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. On the other end is flourishing: a sense of connection, purpose, and meaning. And in the middle is what’s known as languishing—when […]
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The Mental Health Toll of Academic Pressure

Reading Time: 6 minutes Academic pressure on young adults has reached intense levels. The stress of getting into the right college, making good grades, and landing the best internships—all in preparation for success in the workplace—takes an enormous toll on young adult mental health. Too often, academic success comes at the expense of young adults’ social and emotional development, […]
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5 Steps for Overcoming Social Anxiety After COVID Isolation

Reading Time: 6 minutes As much as we all want to get back to “normal” life post-COVID, that doesn’t mean re-entry will be easy. After more than a year of social distancing and limited activities outside the home, many people are feeling anxious about what it will be like to spend more time with friends, in groups, and out […]
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How Does Your Physical Environment Affect You and Your Mental Health?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Our everyday surroundings have a powerful impact on our mood and emotions. A dark, cluttered room evokes different feelings than an airy, light-filled space. But the impact goes beyond our immediate reaction—for example, one study found that living in a cluttered home can actually stimulate the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. So exactly how […]
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How to Deal with Change Fatigue and Decision Fatigue During COVID-19

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we approach nearly a year of living with the COVID pandemic, the stress of ongoing uncertainty is creating what’s known as change fatigue. And this frustration and exhaustion is complicated by a related issue called decision fatigue. In some ways, we have fewer choices than ever before. Yet at the same time, every choice […]
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The Three Pillars of Mental Health for Young Adults

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study has identified the top three health behaviors that support emotional well-being in young adults. These pillars of mental health clearly illustrate the power of the mind-body connection, and offer a road map for how to stay healthy in your 20s, both mentally and physically. Published in December 2020 in the journal Frontiers […]
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How Long Should a Young Adult Stay in Inpatient Care for Mental Health?

Reading Time: 6 minutes When a young adult needs more support than weekly therapy or outpatient care can provide, inpatient care for mental health may be the solution. For young people struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, or co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, inpatient care can provide the environment and support needed for healing. The first […]
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The Impact of Virtual Isolation on Young Adult Mental Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young adults are plugged in all the time, yet they’re lonelier than ever. Separated from peers and mentors, yet connected to technology in every waking hour, Gen Z is suffering from both social isolation and digital overload—hence the term “virtual isolation.” As the pandemic wears on, many emerging adults feel as if their lives are […]
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What True Unconditional Love Means for Young Adults

Reading Time: 6 minutes We all want to be loved unconditionally—to be loved despite not being perfect. True unconditional love, whether it’s between family members, friends, or romantic partners, supports us to be our best self. When we know we are unconditionally loved, we can go out into the world with confidence and a sense of security. Furthermore, research […]
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The Journey of Healing the Inner Child

Reading Time: 5 minutes By Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, Vice President of Clinical Outreach Within each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, is an inner child—with all the emotions and vulnerabilities of our younger selves. This inner child represents our capacity for innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity, and playfulness, and it also holds our accumulated […]
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How Family and Loved Ones Can Protect Against Compassion Fatigue

Reading Time: 3 minutes The term “compassion fatigue” has traditionally been used to describe a common experience for first responders, medical providers, and those in the helping professions. Sometimes known as secondary trauma, it occurs when those who are routinely exposed to others’ trauma begin to experience some of the same symptoms. However, compassion fatigue doesn’t just impact frontline […]
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What Is a Digital Detox and Why Should You Do One?

Reading Time: 7 minutes We are constantly plugged in to the virtual world, even more so in the age of COVID. Our daily lives consist of regularly checking emails, responding to texts from friends, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or TikTok, and getting news alerts. Now much of our socializing and work life takes place online as well. That makes […]
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How Young Adults Build Executive Functioning Skills

Reading Time: 4 minutes As adults, we rely on a set of cognitive proficiencies collectively known as executive functioning skills. These capabilities help us to navigate life’s challenges, persevere in the face of stress, and meet our full potential. They dictate our capacity to make healthy choices, allow us to focus on important tasks so that we can complete […]
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5 DBT Tools to Help Young Adults in Assessing Risk

Reading Time: 5 minutes There are always risks in life. But during a pandemic, even everyday activities can feel risky. Young adults are struggling right now to balance concerns about keeping themselves and others safe with their natural developmental need to connect with others and explore their world. Because the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which controls self-regulation, is not fully […]
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Recovery from Trauma and the Mind-Body Connection

Reading Time: 5 minutes The mind-body connection is a powerful force. The mind and body are designed to be allies, working in sync to maximize our physical and mental health. But sometimes they work against each other. Like most relationships, the mind-body connection can be complicated. There is no doubt that our minds and bodies are deeply connected. Our […]
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How to Identify the Symptoms of Grief

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’re feeling agitated, irritable, and down on yourself, it might not be for the reasons you think. Instead, you might be experiencing symptoms of grief. Sadness isn’t the only emotion associated with grief. And grief doesn’t look or feel the same for everyone. It’s a complicated emotion that comes in many forms and manifests […]
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How Climate Change Anxiety Affects Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young adults will inherit a world that is deeply impacted by climate change. Thus, a large portion of this generation feels both hopeless and helpless about the future of the planet. As a result, young adults often experience what’s known as climate change anxiety, or eco-anxiety. Mental health experts agree that climate change anxiety is […]
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How to Navigate Through Change as an Emerging Adult

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whether they’re heading back to the office, back to a college dorm, or back to IRL communication after time in isolation, young adults are reentering a world that is fundamentally different. The pandemic has forged a new normal for these emerging adults as they face personal changes, professional changes, and stressful return-to-work guidelines. Fortunately, this […]
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6 Daily Self-Care Practices for Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes For young adults, self-care isn’t always a priority. The pressures of college and/or starting a job can make basic self-care seem more like a luxury than a necessity. But making a commitment to incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine can create a positive difference not just now, but for the rest of your life. […]
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Self-Care for Activists: 8 Practices for Young Adults

Reading Time: 4 minutes Young activists are speaking out about today’s most pressing social issues. Recent polls show a high level of engagement among young adult and teen activists regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism, and police brutality. Furthermore, today’s young adults believe that they are making a difference: In a survey conducted in June 2020 by […]
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Top 10 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

Reading Time: 6 minutes The food we eat has a powerful impact on our mental health. Therefore, a nutritious diet that supports young adult well-being includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats—foods you should eat everyday.

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