Adolescence is a time of change. Although being a young adult means that you’re at your healthiest, several social health issues may arise that can disrupt your personal or physical growth. Since adolescents or young adults are in a developmental transition, they’re particularly vulnerable to influences from their social circles and environments. A myriad of aspects may affect them, either positively by supporting them or negatively by threatening their well-being. And so, promoting a healthier atmosphere and encouraging proper behavior by taking necessary steps in protecting our future generation is vital. 

What is Social Health? 

Social health is the ability to interact with society positively, as well as the ability to create meaningful relationships. Physical or mental health is actually intertwined with social health; when one is affected, the others are, too. Which is why all three need to be given the same care for much healthier growth and development. 

When a society is healthy, it’s able to socially integrate and meet an individual’s basic needs. This creates a sense of a higher purpose and allows for better interaction with other societies. In order for this to happen, each society should take a microscopic look at what affects our youngest generation for a fruitful future. 

We take an in-depth look at some social health issues young adults face today, as well as the solutions to allow them to develop and thrive.

Depression 

It’s easy to not see the warning signs of depression among young adults because they tend to be very moody and often morose. However, if their mood hasn’t changed in weeks and you see signs like the following, only then is it depression. 

  • Signs like withdrawal from family and friends
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping during the day and staying awake at night
  • A sudden and rebellious behavior, and, in the most extreme, 
  • Suicidal tendencies. 

High-stress environments tend to be the leading cause of depression; teens often feel inadequate and worthless when it comes to school performance, their social relationships, or even sexual orientation. 

Although depression is a serious problem, it’s also treatable. It’s necessary to seek professional help with psychiatrists trained in the adolescent psyche. If you’re a parent, talk to them and learn the ways to deal with such a delicate situation. Being supportive and providing a nurturing atmosphere will affect them positively. 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse 

Whether it’s peer pressure, mental health issues, or even anxiety, many young adults fall into the rabbit hole of substance abuse. Drug use is a global concern, as it can lead to fatal results. Alcohol is also a major concern as it leads to risky behaviors such as violence, unsafe sex, and drunk driving – which can also be fatal. It can also lead to several health issues by the time they reach adulthood. 

Alcohol or drug use can take a serious toll on a young adult’s life and brain development; it is important to hold regular, healthy conversations about their dangers. At times, it’s necessary to seek rehab treatments for a full recovery. According to Aion Recovery, specifically trained professionals are able to recognize and treat behaviors associated with alcoholism. They can identify the underlying issues that feed this compulsion and help them return to sobriety. When they feel they have access to all the help they can get, whether at home or at a specialized center, teens will be able to find their rightful place in society again. 

Social Media Addiction 

Digital advancements have changed the way the younger generations deal with their issues. Even though they’re not exactly new, the digital world has magnified their struggle. Social media was often considered the first culprit when it came to issues like cyberbullying, mental health issues, low self-esteem, and peer pressure. Even though studies have proven that social media itself doesn’t cause harm, rather how young adults use it. If they spend around nine hours a day online, they’re subjected to a glossy world which they believe to be true. Girls would feel insecure about their bodies or are pressured to post explicit content, boys will be affected by violent content; while some would hide behind their smartphone screens and troll or bully their friends. In some cases, it has often led to suicide. 

It’s highly essential to know what your teen is doing online; monitor what they have access to in a healthy manner and always develop a healthy communication pattern with them. Educate yourself about today’s online content and make sure you show them that there’s a life outside to be lived if they look up from their phones.

Sexual Activity 

For years, inexperienced sexual activity has caused unplanned teenage pregnancies. It’s estimated that around 11% of births worldwide are through teenage girls, which also leads to an array of pregnancy and birth complications. Even though in the past decade, the number of pregnancies has decreased due to the availability of contraceptive methods as well as education on the matter, sexual activity is still a concern. The decrease in pregnancy hasn’t stopped them from unsafe sex, thus leading to a spread of sexually transmitted diseases. 

This begs the need for updating the information teens are getting so they can lead healthier sex lives when they’re fully developed. Create healthy dialogues with your teen so you would know about their sexual activity; this will give you a chance in providing the right information they need to prevent pregnancy or STDs. 

As much as great care has been given to physical health, and most recently mental health as well, social health needs to be considered an important factor in a young adult’s life. Be aware of what’s happening in a teen’s life and establish healthy communication patterns. It may feel uncomfortable, and they might not really respond well at first, but it’s necessary. Explain the consequences, the dangers, as well as the support needed to come out of this issue stronger than before. Listen to what they have to say, understand, and use your own past experiences so they can relate. Encourage them to seek help when they’ve made mistakes and show them it’s an opportunity to learn.

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