Young people today face a multitude of challenges. It is probably fair to say that many of these have existed for a very long time.
At times, these pressures can appear overwhelming. While whether the problems incumbent upon these challenges are increasing can be disputed, there is undoubtedly better recognition of disorders and emotional conditions faced by young people today. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are established throughout the country, but there are indications that these departments have been severely affected by the current economic climate leading to significant waiting lists and the inability to assess those purported to be suffering from less serious conditions, although many clinicians would accept that intervention at an earlier stage is likely to avoid more serious illness at a later stage.