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Why Mental Health Disorders Emerge in Your Early 20s

There’s a reason the image of the floundering, scared, shaky post-teen struggling to enter adulthood is a cliché. Between moving out of your parent’s home, going to college and getting a job, lack of sleep, drugs, and unrestricted access to alcohol, becoming an adult is fucking hard. So it’s no wonder that this period is popularly associated with having a mental breakdown. But is there any truth behind the pop culture trope? What about kids from wealthy families who don’t have the stresses the rest of us do in early adulthood, or people whose most trying times come in their 30s or 40s? Is the appearance of mental illness in young people a matter of environment or biology?


How strong, how recklessly courageous Marlowe must have been: to write as if the admonitory purpose of literature were a lie, to invent fictions only to create and not to serve God or the state, to fashion lines that echo in the void, that echo more powerfully because there is nothing but a void.
—  Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare

Models reading and writing in Stephen Jones hats enjoying a café crème at La Palette. Vogue, September 2007. Photograph by Stephen Meisel.

Since their launch in the early eighties, Stephen Jones hats have been worn by popstars and princesses around the globe. The hats are unique in their sense of drama balanced with wit and a lightness of touch. They often tell a story through shape, texture and decoration, enabling the wearer to be transported to another place, time and mood.

  • Rolling Stone: A lot of critics were pretty brutal to you when you were starting out.
  • Stephen King: Early in my career, The Village Voice did a caricature of me that hurts even today when I think about it. It was a picture of me eating money. I had this big, bloated face. It was this assumption that if fiction was selling a lot of copies, it was bad. If something is accessible to a lot of people, it's got to be dumb because most people are dumb. And that's elitist. I don't buy it.