Anxious teenager says discussing mental health issues was ‘taboo’ growing up


Jessica, 18, admits to being anxious and says growing up in a Latino household, discussing mental health issues was ‘taboo’. She says she was always told that anxiety was something you chose and depression was something you could just overcome. “You don’t have that safe place to talk with older family members, and you internalize it. You tell yourself that there are other people who have it worse than me, says Jessica. “That’s exactly why so many people don’t talk about it,” says Dr. Phil. Watch the video above to hear more discussion about why mental health is stigmatized – and why that needs to change. The first part of this two-part episode, “Inside America’s Teen Mental Health Crisis,” airs Tuesday. got so bad she tried to end her life. Check your local listing for airtime. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, call or text the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 9-8-8, or reach out to http://988lifeline. org WATCH: ‘It’s an out of control situation you’re put in when you’re on social media,’ says teenager TELL DR PHIL YOUR STORY: A strong opinion you want to share?


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