Why Rich Kids Are More Likely To Have Mental Health Problems

The Most Overlooked Health Challenge

The Times

Youth mental health is one of the most overlooked medical issues today. In fact, the prevalence of psychological problems in teens is higher than the prevalence of physical health problems, such as diabetes and asthma. Researchers have also discovered that rates of self-harm, neuroses, drug abuse, and eating disorders are soaring among rich teenagers. If not treated early and effectively, mental health issues in youth can lead to serious illnesses. American psychology professor Suniya Luthar notes that youth whose parents earn more than £100,000 a year are more likely to suffer from severe mental illness. This is because of the lack of direction, social pressure to succeed, and unrealistic expectations that are placed on them. Being able to do whatever they want without proper guidance makes them vulnerable to making the wrong decisions in life.

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