Teens can’t have mental illness! Can they?

‘Teenagers can’t have mental health issues!’ I heard an adult say today,’They’re just going through puberty.’ Well done to that adult, you have just reached a point in your life when you realised we go through PUBERTY! CONGRATULATIONS!

PUBERTY IS WHERE WE MATURE AND GROW, CLEARLY YOU NEED TO MATURE AND REALISE WE LIVE IN THE 21st CENTURY!

Mental illness can hit anyone, but it will worm away at YOU until YOU get HELP! Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and anorexia are all classed as Mental and sometimes physical disorders. I want to reduce the stigma around these but I want to talk about an uncommon one, so here we go….

We’re going on a trip… but not on my favourite rocket ship… into the not so magical world of….

Orthorexia

If you want to just go onto my rant skip this bit (sorry)

Orthorexia
ˌɔːθəˈrɛksɪə/
noun
noun: Orthorexia
an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.
  • a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods that they believe to be harmful.

I hope this gives pretty much the basics of what Orthorexia is.

Do you avoid sweets or certain vegetables…. Then you’re not Orthorexic, so PLEASE CALM DOWN!

Orthorexia is where people cut out whole food groups, without ‘Medical’ needs such as lactose intolerance = NO dairy.

People do not always see it as a mental illness, but think of it in this way, clearly you’re cutting out food groups because somewhere in your mind you think they’re bad for you, so much so you don’t eat them!

Ok class dismissed over Orthorexia but now back on to rant mode…

Mental illness is not determined by age, it is determined by situations that affect how you think, so if lots of bad and negative things happen in your life it could consequently lead to you having depression!

SO TEENS CAN HAVE DEPRESSION!! (ha I proved an adult wrong)                                     (weird dance behind  screen)

Please don’t take my word as solid science evidence, it is my opinion apart from the facts about Orthorexia. If you think you’re suffering from any mental illness. Please get help as people do care about you. If you don’t want to speak to anyone maybe write about it… It can help!

Tara for now,

Myteenissue

 

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