Marie Shanley - Mxiety this is a very well written and researched piece. I would like to add a perspective.

You say “ the previous generation doesn’t care to mentor you enough,” Speaking from a couple of generations earlier, I will say that mental health wasn’t even acknowledged by our culture in general until the 1980s or 90s.

It was a ‘moral failure’, laziness, or hidden in the closet. Unadmitted by families, the educational system, much less the society as a whole. If all that media (3 TV channels and the local newspaper) will say is that “We are a great and powerful country” and ignore all the problems that many people are suffering, you get the rise of subcultures and drugs in an effort to heal ourselves and each other because nobody was reporting the facts.

The “establishment” promoted and demanded a “Father Knows Best” belief, partly due to the ‘Cold War’ and partly to ensure stability and business as usual for the rich.

It was a long and slow process to get ‘mental health’ to where it is today and we haven’t gotten near where we need to be. And, previous generations didn’t have a clue of what was going on even as they suffered. And, mentoring was not heard of outside academia.

My family suffered a number of psychiatric problems. Whether any of it was reported through the medical establishment, I don’t know. Certainly not early enough.

Finally, the internet which is aggravating emotional problems has also made more info about mental illness available to most of us. And you are helping in this.

Thank you.

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