The problem: young adults have a high prevalence of mental health problems (up to 25% in a year), the usually don’t tend to seek help for these problems. About 78% of American young adults look online for information about health. 18-39% of young adults write blogs or an online journal.
A recent article was published from authors who conducted a qualitative grounded theory analysis of the blogs of young adults (18–25 years of age) who were specifically blogging about their experiences with mental health problems. The researchers did this in order to understand why young adults are particularly unlikely to access treatment for their mental health problems. They wanted to inspect these blogs and online journal to learn the specific beliefs and experiences of young adults with mental illness.
Two core categories emerged from the qualitative analysis of the bloggers accounts: I am powerless (intrapersonal) and I am utterly alone (interpersonal). Overall, the young adult bloggers expressed significant feelings of powerlessness as a result of their mental health concerns and simultaneously felt a profound sense of loneliness, alienation, and lack of connection with others.
Why is this important?
Young adults don’t seek treatment because they have a negative view on the metal health system. The mental health system should educate others more in contact with young adults. They should also create a more welcoming, supportive environments that also facilitate choice in care.
Marcus, M., Westra, H., Eastwood, J., Barnes, K., & , . (2012). What Are Young Adults Saying About Mental Health? An Analysis of Internet Blogs Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14 (1) DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1868