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Running head: MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG TEENAGERS 1 Mental Illness Among Teenagers Neil A. Krafsur EPCC ENG 1301/ENG 3 12/4/2017
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MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG TEENAGERS 2 Abstract There are several mental illnesses that effect children and teenagers. There are many factors that can lead to mental instability. These factors can be external and internal. Situational factors like domestic abuse, stress at school, loss of a loved one, or harassment are the dominant causes of mental illness. Although, internal difficulties, like chemical imbalances, may also cause instability. The number of mentally ill teenagers is rising, and there are few resources available. With non-profits like 7 Cups of Tea, teens with mental illnesses can find free and accessible care. wzThe outreach to help young people are limited, but growing.
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MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG TEENAGERS 3 Background Some days after school, I log into an application called 7 Cups of Tea. I am a listener on the app, meaning that people can communicate their frustrations, fears, or anything they want to vent about with complete anonymity. My role is comparable to an amateur phycologist. Before I became a listener, I had to go through an online course about “active listening.” This was followed by a few tests. The course was rather short, but was still informative. After I completed my training, I was very eager and excited to help. I would listen to three to five people every day. One of the first people I spoke with suffered from extreme loneliness. She was initially very shy, but wanted to talk with someone about “anything.” We began by talking about our hobbies: gardening, cooking, painting, music, and studying the latest in astronomy and other science related fields. She spoke about astronomy passionately and planned to be a researcher. We continued to chat over the next few weeks. Over this time, I learned she had difficulty expressing how she felt. She said she was happy to have someone to talk with and the experience gave her the courage to become more social. After a few months, our conversations became less frequent. She joined an array of clubs and focused more on academia. Eventually, our conversations stopped entirely. Although I missed our chats, I was glad she found activities she enjoyed. This was one of my favorite experiences on 7 Cups because I could see a positive resolution.
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