The Centers for Disease Control and the Social Security Administration have noticed the rise in mental health problems, including suicidal efforts among youngsters and teens, since 2004. The numbers worsened with the start of the 21st century, coinciding with the popular rise in negative cultural changes and perceptions. The evidence points to the fact that being a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) at any age, can damage a person’s mental health. SJW rates of depression and its dangerous consequences have noticeably risen in the USA and the UK since 2017.
Gender confusion and transition efforts are driving suicide rates in the 21st century, too, as evidenced here and by WebMD. Some physicians have noticed that patients don’t necessarily reveal their gender on documents or in conversations, either. Medical care is being limited and harmed by the phenomenon because doctors struggle to communicate with, let alone to treat, the persons before them.
The situation is so intense that this update from The National Survey of Drug Use and Health indicates an alarming rise in the frequency of major depressive episodes. The problem, despite an increase in mental health services worldwide has been cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics and in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. In brief, social justice warriorship and gender issues are driving people crazy.
There is a growth industry in mental health issues and treatments for people who aren’t dealing with reality. Before the 21st century, people tended to accept setbacks or to overcome them. Obsessing over what could have been merely temporary concerns has never been socially expected before. Instead of inner peace, we have people breaking laws such as by harassing actress Scarlett Johansson for portraying a transgender man though she isn’t one, reversing transgender surgery (a physical and emotional cause of harm all its own), creating dangerous settings for controversial speakers such as Ben Shapiro, or becoming France’s Yellow Jacket protesters who destroy public and private property plus physical and emotional harm to anyone they attack, and so on. The “Let it Go” song from the movie “Frozen” was popular but it didn’t improve mental health to any noticeable extent. The attitude of “letting bygones be bygones” is increasingly forgotten or ridiculed, at peril to everyone involved.
The popularity of fighting with life and the people around us has become an issue of public safety. The mindset is harming mental health and forcing the victims of its sufferers into their own need for mental health resources.
Mass Media is no help as ratings are driven by sensationalist stories. “If it bleeds, it leads” is a journalistic maxim taking dangerous cheap shots at the public’s well-being, perhaps harming it.
The evidence points to a need for solving your own problems without harming yourself or anyone else. Leave social issues to the politicians who can handle them if being involved with them leads to your deteriorating mental health.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.