In the late ’80s and early ’90s, there was a tv show called Cheers. Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo wrote the lyrics for the show’s theme song, and in it, they sing, “You want to be where you can see the troubles are all the same.” Paradoxically (or pair of ducks-ily) as the country grows more divided, many of the personal problems we deal with remain the same.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. The National Institute of Mental Health published statistics for 2017, and an estimated 17.3 million adults in the US had at least one major depressive episode. Diagnoses of ADHD are also rising. Sometimes people are dealing with all three. Sadly, these illnesses are often co-occurring with other disorders making it even more challenging to get through daily life.
We recently wrapped up the holiday season. Facing holiday stress with mental illness can feel unbearable. But as you can see, you aren’t alone. You might be feeling like an outsider who just cracked open a dad pun and watched everyone around you cringe or run away. We’ve been there.
We’re all stressed out, and it’s hurting us. If you are one of the millions facing this, we strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor, take medication, and see a therapist. Once you’ve done that, we invite you to sense the meadow, a complementary and holistic resource to enhance your well-being.
We’ll be back tomorrow to tell you more.