Mental Health difficulties can affect
anyone and, in recent times, they are arguably one of the biggest problems teenagers face. In fact, according to the charity Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and research from the Office of National Statistics found that 36% of common mental health disorders are undiagnosed. These statistics are not only disheartening, they also demonstrate how important it is for society to recognise that not all mental health difficulties are professionally diagnosed; people face
I believe that undiagnosed Mental Health is a cause for concern as it means individuals are often left without the support and treatment that is essential in order to not let it rule their everyday lives. However, diagnosis is not a necessity. There are multiple reasons why individuals may not seek a professional diagnosis, an example could be the stigma around the topic or simply they may have their own coping mechanism or support system which is equally as effective. I feel that not getting a diagnosis is okay and it should be a pressure free choice, everyone is different and the main priority is supporting those around us in a way that suits them.
This issue resonates with me personally, on a daily basis I struggle with undiagnosed anxiety. This is a common disorder that around 1 in 6 young people will experience and symptoms I regularly experience include: feeling on edge and overwhelmed all the time, difficulty concentrating, tiredness and sickness, getting very hot and constantly worrying about minor things. My life with an undiagnosed Mental Health difficulty is a constant challenge however I have found ways of dealing with it to ensure it doesn’t impact my studies or develop to become worse. When I feel increasingly anxious, I find it helps to take time out to distract myself, this can be simply just playing a game on my phone (I recommend Mario Kart Tour!) or speaking to a close friend. I feel that dealing with undiagnosed anxiety is likely to be similar to dealing with it when it’s diagnosed however it can vary for everyone, the thing to remember is put yourself first and do what works for you.