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Toxic Productivity in Young Adults: The Mental Health Causes and Consequences

Reading Time: 6 minutes We live in a culture that prides itself on hard work and productivity. Neither of those things is inherently bad. But when you’re driven to be productive nonstop at the expense of your physical and mental health, you’re likely experiencing toxic productivity. Setting realistic goals and working to accomplish them produces satisfaction and increases feelings […]
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Is Manifestation Bad for Mental Health?

Reading Time: 10 minutes Positive manifestation techniques like “Lucky Girl Syndrome” have become increasingly popular among young people. The idea of manifesting change is that we can control what happens and make our dreams come true by putting good thoughts and energy out into the world. In a nutshell, manifestation is the belief that we can change and shape […]
Mental Health

How to Develop a Sense of Self and Build Self-Worth in Young Adulthood

Reading Time: 8 minutes As young people launch from their families of origin into the “real world,” their lives transform. Many move into their own living spaces, develop romantic relationships, start careers, and begin managing their finances—all symbols of adulthood. How they feel about themselves as they take these steps affects the choices they make. Young people with a […]
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10 Pathological Liar Signs and How to Cope with a Habitual Liar

Reading Time: 8 minutes Most of us lie once in a while. We’ve all told a white lie to protect someone’s feelings, or stretched the truth a little to avoid a conflict or get out of something we don’t want to do. Lying isn’t ideal in any situation. But when it becomes a habit, and other pathological liar signs […]
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How Having a Narcissistic Parent Impacts Young Adult Mental Health

Reading Time: 9 minutes Parents have an enormous effect on their children. They not only pass along genetic traits, but they help shape the way their children perceive and navigate the world from early childhood all the way into adulthood. Because no parent is perfect, all children grow up with parents who make mistakes—and some of those mistakes have […]
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7 Tips for When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Reading Time: 7 minutes For young adults, life is often overwhelming. There are a lot of reasons for feeling overwhelmed during these formative years. Academic pressure, financial concerns, relationship issues, work responsibilities, fear about the environment and politics … not to mention the ongoing challenge of establishing your identity and sense of self as a young adult.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes when […]
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Identifying and Healing Adult Child Syndrome

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is an adult child? As defined within the context of mental health, an adult child is someone who grew up in a dysfunctional family environment that prevented them from fully maturing emotionally. Adult child syndrome is characterized by an inability to navigate adult decisions and relationships due to the long-term impact of childhood trauma.  […]
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What Is Failure to Launch Syndrome in Young Adults?

Reading Time: 8 minutes The pandemic forced many emerging adults to take a few steps backward on their path to maturity. College students who had recently left the nest returned home. New graduates lost jobs or struggled to find one. Dating and romantic relationships stalled. From the outside, the early pandemic time for young adults resembled what’s known as […]
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10 Signs Your Young Adult Is Struggling

Reading Time: 9 minutes Parent intuition is real. Parents usually have a gut feeling when something isn’t right with their child, even when that child is a young adult who’s not living at home anymore. And those instincts are often accurate. However, because young adulthood is such a tumultuous time, parents sometimes recognize the signs that a young adult […]
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What It Means When You’re Feeling Emotionally Numb

Reading Time: 7 minutes You might have seen the phrase “feeling emotionally numb” on a list of common symptoms of various mental health disorders. But what does that really mean? Feeling numb inside is different for every individual.
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How to Turn Trauma Dumping into Authentic Connection

Reading Time: 9 minutes If you’ve ever watched a reality dating show, you’ve probably seen an example of trauma dumping. It’s that moment during a date when someone opens up about an intense and distressing event in their personal history.
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A College Mental Health Checklist for Students

Reading Time: 9 minutes College can be one of the most exciting times in a young adult’s life—and one of the most stressful. Being away from home for the first time, without the support of family, is both freeing and frightening.
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How the Fentanyl Epidemic Threatens Young Adults

Reading Time: 4 minutes Abuse, addiction, and deaths due to the synthetic opioid fentanyl are increasingly prevalent among young people. And the danger of the fentanyl epidemic is multiplied by the proliferation of fentanyl-laced drugs, like Percocet, oxycodone, and other prescription opioids. Teens and young adults buy these poisonous counterfeit drugs illegally via social media platforms. Synthetic opioids such […]
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What Are Avoidant and Anxious Preoccupied Attachment Styles?

Reading Time: 6 minutes What does attachment mean, in the context of mental health? Attachment is trusting that we can count on another person for a sense of safety, connection, and belonging. It’s rooted in our experiences with our primary caregivers in infancy, long before we developed conscious awareness. And it sets the stage for how we approach our […]
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The Link Between Vaping and Mental Health

Reading Time: 7 minutes Many young adults don’t realize that vaping is harmful to their physical and mental health. In fact, one-third of young people believe that vaping nicotine is no worse than drinking a cup of coffee. And they may not understand the links between vaping and mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, and eating disorders. Awareness […]
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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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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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Preventing Self-Harm Relapse: 5 Approaches to Maintain Recovery and Break the Silence

Reading Time: 6 minutes Why do young people self-harm and how they can find self-harm recovery? Since self-harm typically starts in early to mid-adolescence, many young adults who struggle with this behavior may have been in treatment before, were able to stop, and then had a self-harm relapse during a period of emotional distress. Preventing self-harm relapse starts with […]
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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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