There is a whole area of Christian study about the end times. People spend life times reading cryptic dream passages in Revelations and Daniel and attempt to tell us how the end of everything will play out. It gets a bit ridiculous, frankly.
For example, there are scriptures:
and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
That has been coming true for pretty much all of history. When paper money first appeared, it was the “mark of the beast.” And then credit cards – and now, “Apple Pay.” So many times in history have people thought this was happening only to find out not so much that I have given up trying. That is the thing about predicting the end times, God has a way of telling us what is going to happen and then when He does it, it looks entirely different than what we thought it would. If there is a consistentcy to God’s actions throughout history, that’s it – that people generally don’t recognize them without the benefit of historical perspective.
The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said the felt overwhelmed and depressed. College counseling centers reported sharp increases in the number of students seeking treatment for mental health issues.
Even as studies were showing increases in symptoms of depression and in suicide among adolescents since 2010, some researchers called the concerns overblown and claimed there simply isn’t enough good data to reach that conclusion.
The idea that there’s an epidemic in anxiety or depression among youth “is simply a myth,” psychiatrist Richard Friedman wrote in The New York Times last year. Others suggested young people were simply more willing to get help when they needed it. Or perhaps counseling centers’ outreach efforts were becoming more effective.
But a new analysis of a large representative survey reinforces what I – and others – have been saying: The epidemic is all too real. In fact, the increase in mental health issues among teens and young adults is nothing short of staggering.
In a time of great prosperity, that is a truly stunning finding. One must ask how could we find ourselves in such a mess.