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We Need to Pay Attention to Teen Mental Health & Physical Health

We Need to Pay Attention to Teen Mental Health & Physical Health

teen mental healthIn a recent New York Times article, the link between teen mental health and physical health was explored. The article emphasized a lack of treating children’s pain–something you’d think wouldn’t be an issue–because of a misunderstanding of how it works, and how it affects them later in life. 

Early exposure to uncomfortable amounts of pain–an untreated sprained ankle or a vaccination, for example–can change the actual wiring of a child’s brain, giving them a higher sensitivity to pain. Even if it’s while you’re very young and cannot remember–it’s been proven that the nervous system will remember. Pain, whether it’s mental or physical, is highly ignored in younger people and requires a greater level of awareness to move forward.

Teen mental health & physical health intertwined

“The time has now come to do away with the artificial divisions between mental and physical health…” —World Health Organization (WHO)

To be mentally healthy, one must be physically healthy–and vice versa.

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