Half of all Danish women aged 18-34 are struggling with some form of psychological problem, according to a new report from the humanitarian organisation Psykiatrifonden.
But despite the harrowing figures, treating and preventing problems among children and young people is often on the back foot. Many are not ill enough to receive treatment and also not well enough to take on the demands of an education.
“When you make a psychological diagnosis, you often have to fulfil some specific conditions for an illness,” Anne Lindhardt, the head of Psykiatrifonden, told Information newspaper.
The consequences are that most young people – those, for example, who have serious symptoms pertaining to psychological issues like angst, depression and self-harm – have nowhere to turn.”