The news is full of stories about people who are struggling with life’s challenges. People are lonely and depressed.
Young adults are exhausted by the demands society places on them to excel: at school, in sports and with their looks.
From 2000 to 2011, sick leave among adults in Norway increased by 145% for mild mental disorders, and mental illness is the reason behind one-third of all disability pensions. Although the prevalence of mental disorders is relatively stable for adults, the trend is clearly on the increase among children and adolescents.
- The use of antidepressants has increased the most among adolescents aged 15-19 years, which is a disturbing trend.
- The most common ailments are anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders (Source: the Norwegian Institute of Public Health).