Full title: "I Just Have to Stick with It and It'll Work": Experiences of Adolescents and Young Adults with Mental Health Concerns.
Mental health issues are common among adolescents and young adults but service utilization in this group is low. This study aimed to better understand the experiences of older adolescents and young adults who were experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, including the factors that affected their decision to seek treatment and their feelings about their experience of mental health issues. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 37 older adolescents and young adults. Participants tended to have a sophisticated understanding of the causes of mental disorders, but to have been unsure about whether their own experiences of depression or anxiety were the result of a mental disorder, or just "normal" experiences. They reported concerns about taking medication and about keeping information about their condition private. They also felt that it was important to them to be active participants in their own care.
Community Ment Health J. 2014 Jan 24. [Epub ahead of print] Bluhm RL, Covin R, Chow M, Wrath A, Osuch EA. Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA.