Mental Health Trends in 2022
More people will be talking, talking, talking about mental health.
Talking about mental health is important for a lot of reasons. For one, it helps remove the stigma around the topic and allows people to share their experiences and connect with others who have been through similar situations. When you feel like you can’t be yourself or talk openly about what’s going on in your head, it can be incredibly isolating—and even worse when others don’t understand why you’re struggling.
And when we talk about mental health issues in a positive way, we’re also helping ourselves heal as well as others who may need support at some point throughout their life. By talking about our own struggles and showing compassion towards others, we become better equipped to help those around us heal too—and that makes all the difference!
Psychedelic research as treatment is going to have its moment.
Psychedelic research as treatment is going to have its moment.
The following sentence has been scientifically proven to be true: Psychedelic substances can help people with depression, PTSD, anxiety, and addiction. And the proof is in the pudding—or, rather, the psilocybin mushrooms. In October of 2018, a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry showed that a group of patients who used psilocybin as a treatment for their anxiety were able to continue living their lives without feeling anxious six months later. Another study from 2017 found that 70 percent of cancer patients using LSD experienced reduced anxiety during their chemotherapy sessions—which can be downright terrifying if you’re not prepared! And while we’re on drugs (no pun intended), MDMA has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with PTSD and other mental health issues like depression and addiction.
We’re going to be learning more about how artificial intelligence really affects our mental health.
If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re wondering what the future holds for mental health. (And if so, welcome and hold on! You’ve come to the right place.) We’ll be taking a look at trends and predictions within the field of psychology—including how artificial intelligence is going to help us understand ourselves better than ever before.
We’ve all seen examples of AI in our everyday lives: Siri on your smartphone can tell if you sound upset, and send you an alert asking for help. Your Amazon Echo device might recognize when someone in your house has been feeling down lately and play their favorite song to cheer them up. Google Assistant will offer suggestions based on what’s trending online—and also give users tips about how to handle those feelings of sadness or worry themselves.
AI can also be used as part of therapy sessions with patients who need assistance coping with their mental health issues. For example, an app called Woebot uses AI to analyze user data from text messages sent after each session; this helps psychologists determine whether treatment is working or needs adjustment as needed over time.
The topic of mental health won’t be taboo anymore.
As you can see, the stigma around mental health is slowly being removed. More and more people are asking for help, and the conversation about mental health is becoming less taboo.
You’re probably wondering why this matters to you. It matters because if you want to be successful in 2022 (or later), it’s important that you understand what your coworkers are going through. You may think they are just lazy or unmotivated, but sometimes they might be dealing with something bigger than what meets the eye—and if you don’t help them get through it, then how can they possibly deliver on their work? It’s also for them to understand they can get help and that’s alright. 99% of the population needs help at some point in their lives.
While we still have a long way to go before everyone feels comfortable discussing their issues with others at work or even with a therapist or counselor, there has been some progress made over the last few years by companies like Google and Facebook who have started offering employee support programs specifically focused on mental health issues that affect employees on a regular basis. I know, the big baddies of the tech world. However, the way they treat their employers may look a bit different than what you experience in the field, on a job site, or in your office. You can read more about that here.
Mental health issues will be looked at more like physical ailments.
You will find that people are more open to mental health issues and how they affect their lives. People will not be afraid to talk about it, and you’ll see them get help when needed. Mental health issues will be treated as seriously as physical health issues, and people won’t be stigmatized for having them. This is a huge step in the right direction. Anyone who either has a mental health illness or issue knows that it can be just as physically devastating as a physical ailment. There are levels to everything, even mental health. That’s what others are finally starting to see and realize. We’re all in this together, for as long as we’re on this planet so we better get used to it!
Here’s what we predict for the future of mental health and wellness in 2022…
We predict that mental health help and mental health, in general, will become more common and open in the years to come with more accessibility, especially to rural and native communities. With new treatments, accessibility, and a growing awareness of their importance among the general population, it’s clear that mental health issues will be treated like physical ailments. In 2022, technology will play a major role in how we treat our minds: Artificial intelligence can sift through data to identify patterns and predict outcomes with more accuracy than any human could manage.
This can be kind of scary but AI can also see and detect things we cannot. We’re living in 2022, we mays well use the technology we have to our advantage. AI is one of the technological advancements we should all be paying attention to and using. Whether with work or with mental health treatment. Although, it may take a while for us to be speaking to robots about our mental health issues.
We also expect psychedelic research to have a huge impact in 2022—the findings from these studies will inform how we approach treatment options for people with depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Another thing that we think is going to happen? More open discussion about mental illness—and not just among doctors and psychologists. Mental health is an important issue for everyone who wants good vibes all around them! We expect that the air will be cleared to a degree that people will feel more open than ever to discussing their own mental health issues and raising awareness among the masses. You may have a mental health issue right now that you don’t even know about. Use this website and the resources at your disposal to learn, and turn the tide. We’re all in this together.
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