I singled this quote out from that piece, because I think it is really important as it pertains to the article, but also to normal folk. It is so easy for the anxiety to pile on when you don't take the time to acknowledge that it is so very normal to be experiencing mental discomfort. Just being aware of that fact can help ease the impact of one's problems.
I believe strongly that we are going to continue to see a rise in the prevalence of mental health issues as we move into a world where each generation is more and more connected by the internet and social media. I personally find it can be overwhelming at times having to deal with the incredible amount of stimuli that come at us each day, non-stop.... and I barely use social media. Imagine what it must be like for teens and millennials who are constantly connected?
I think that over the long haul, our brains will eventually adapt and cope to this new world order.... but the change in our way of life has happened at a pace that is unprecedented in human history. Think about that. How could it not have severe implications?
Good points. Though, to play devil's advocate, who's to say mental stimuli has actually increased? Is it not just the subject matter of the stimuli that's changed? Is playing in the yard actually less mentally stimulating than being on your phone in the yard? I don't actually know, but just a thought..
Though the effect certainly seems to be there regardless.