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Youth Mental Illness (09:26)


Young people share their experiences with depression and anxiety. Everyone is affected by mental health challenges in their own lives or by someone they know. It often hides in plain sight.

Childhood (11:56)

Mental illness is different for every person and is more common than most people think. About 75% of mental illness begins before age 25 and 50% before age 14. There are genetic and environmental causes of mental illness.

Adolescence (08:28)

In the teen years, people often ignore the signs of mental illness, thinking them normal teenage behavior. Many teenagers bury emotions instead of asking for help or showing emotions. The COVID-19 pandemic increased rates of anxiety and depression.

Social Media (08:44)

Many teens feel that adults do not understand them they are living in a different world. Social media adds a new kind of social pressure but can also give teens a voice.

Trauma (08:28)

Everyone goes through traumatic experiences and copes with them in different ways. Many teenagers act out because they do not know how to handle grief and emotions. Some people can learn to deal with the challenges and grow from them.

Anxiety (07:12)

Many young people do not understand that at some point anxiety becomes a problem. There can be physical symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. Avoidance can be the most negative symptom of anxiety especially, in terms of school.

Eating Disorder (05:39)

There are a spectrum of eating disorders but all relate to using food to cope with something else that is happening. Many eating disorders are about having control and many teens hide their symptoms.

Depression (08:41)

Teen depression can manifest with sadness, anger, and low energy, which people often mistake for disrespect. Nobody has the same characteristics of depression. It is important for teens to find someone who can help them through difficult times.

Manic Depression (07:34)

Manic depression causes alternating emotions of euphoria and joylessness. It can cause reckless behaviors, rapid speech, and a loss of impulse control.

Self-Medicate (04:06)

Many teens turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with a mental illness. They want to find relief and will experiment with whatever is available.

Addiction (06:01)

Self-medicating often turns into addiction when no other coping mechanism is available. People with an addiction are chasing an obsession and cannot think their way out of it.

Delusions (06:33)

Delusions are the experience of images or sounds that have no external stimuli. Delusions usually do not develop until the age of 17 or older.

Stigma (03:59)

Mental illness carries a stigma, and often results in bullying. Many people are afraid of experiencing mental health symptoms.

Self-Harm (05:37)

People engage in this behavior to feel something amid numbness or something else amid overwhelming emotions. For many, it provides instant, short-term relief.

Suicidal Ideations (10:04)

Young people share their thoughts of suicide and discuss what led them to a suicide attempt. For many, simple acts or thoughts stopped them from committing the act.

Credits: "Episode 1: The Storm (Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness)" (02:31)

Credits: "Episode 1: The Storm (Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness)"

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Episode 1: The Storm (Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness)

Part of the Series : Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness
3-Year Streaming Price: $199.95



"The Storm," the first two-hour episode of Hiding in Plain Sight, focuses on more than twenty young people who provide an intimate look at what it’s like to experience the symptoms of mental illness, from depression to addiction to suicide ideation. The film includes insights from families, providers, and advocates and explores the impact of childhood trauma, stigma, and social media.

Length: 116 minutes

Item#: BVL282619

Copyright date: ©2022

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