Young people today are tech-savvy, confident, and positive. They are also stressed, anxious, and depressed. One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 has a diagnosable mental illness, and the number is growing. So what is the problem and how can we help?
A motivating story of triumph over anxiety and depression, "Escape from Dark Places" shares a mother’s journey to find answers to her son’s anxiety and depression. Her discoveries offer a new framework for intergenerational dialogue that will enable all of us---parents, grandparents, church leaders, and mentors---to be part of the solution.
Moms and others traditionally sidelined from the recovery process can learn how to play a critical role in empowering young people to:
Accomplish a more stable sense of self to enable feelings of contentment and fulfillment
Filter out the noise of technology and the Information Age to reduce stress and anxiety
Initiate a stronger conversation about prevention and recovery that can better drive attitudinal change
Think about the big life questions that enrich lives with meaning and purpose
Attain real world life skills that enrich interpersonal relationships and promote success in the workplace
"Escape from Dark Places" offers guideposts toward mental and spiritual health that will inspire societal and spiritual reconnections, fight indifference, stop the stigma, and spread hope.
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As a Baby Boomer parent I absolutely correlate with the author’s description of “trophy kids” in that the vast Millennial population (92 million strong) were raised with the premise they could do no wrong and everybody wins, i.e. typically everyone participating in a sporting event, spelling bee, or whatever it may be, gets a trophy just for participating despite not excelling in the activity. Unfortunately, as the author points out in the book, what we Baby Boomer parents now know is that through coddled nurturing, we raised our kids to develop an extremely strong sense of entitlement thus generating often unrealistic hopes regarding jobs and life universally. As the author’s research expertly points out, an overwhelming twenty-five percent (25%) of these described “trophy kids” who have gone on to attend college either have been diagnosed or have a diagnosable mental health issue. That percentage is alarming and certainly points to an epic crisis not only in the United States, but globally as well. The author’s generational research & theories described in Chapter 6 & 7 lay the a framework for action in helping those afflicted with anxiety & depression to have hope that recovery is possible through effective intergenerational dialogue. Escape from Dark Places: Guideposts to Hope in an Age of Anxiety & Depression is written through the author’s own first-hand experiences with her millennial son and is exceptionally well written. It’s an absolute MUST Read for anyone directly or indirectly impacted by someone who has or is suspected to have a mental health issue.