Reasons Behind The Rise Of Mental Health Issues In Millennials

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Mental health issues were always a hot topic even for the passed generations but they were not as common as they are now. This millennial generation, aging 18-35 yrs) seems to have more mental challenges than ever before. And to dig the reason out, uncountable behavioral studies have been carried out but no logical results came out. But a recent investigation shows that the main reason could be the generations interests in the ‘excess’ of things. 

Some of the top contributory factors linked with increasing levels of mental mental illnesses in this age group are lack of motivation and depression leading them to the extreme desire for perfection causing financial strains and loneliness. 

1. Perfectionism 

In the past, people started to focus more on their individual growth with the need to always be better. it was fine back then but the extremes in this behavior lead coming generations to the idea of perfectionism. A lot of people think that perfectionism is a good thing. But experts say it is nothing less than risky, which leads to a wide variety of health issues–which is on the climb. The increase of perfectionism does not mean that every generation is ever more capable. This indicates that we will get sicker, sadder and we might also lose our inner abilities. Indeed, perfectionism is an inherently self-defeating way of moving in the universe. It is based on an appalling irony: making errors and accepting them is a vital part of building and improving and being real. And this have started a race for Millennials in efforts to meet unrealistic goals raise the risk of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and often thoughts of suicide. 

2. Financial Stress 

Beside perfectionism, financial stress is also a prominent reason. Based on the most recent Northwestern Mutual study, 78 percent of teenagers are feeling the strain between preparing for current and future financial obligations. Findings have also shown that a plurality of millennials are not sparing enough for the rainy days of when they will retire because they are distracted in student loans and are under constant obligation to buy property. the millennial generation has lower percentages of owning a home than earlier generations did when they were born. Another of the main causes why millennials appear or feel so far behind everyone else in terms of financial stability relative to past generations at their age is because the youth reached adulthood during the Great Recession. 

Loneliness 

Loneliness is yet another response of the study results that relative to older generations, millennials have become more single. A new YouGov survey also reported that Millennials are the unhappiest gen to have overcome Generation X and Baby Boomers. The study finds 30 percent of Millennials feel isolated. Around one in five in this age range agrees that they have no buddies, while 27% claims that they have no good friends, and 30% claim they do not have any "best friends." Millennials often marry at a later age and are less likely to be in stable relationships, and are less likely than their older generations to have children. This group of people lacks with-person interactions, as they invest more time and effort in the "digital world," as compared to each other. The usage of social media is ironically somehow a driving force as well for social isolation and loneliness.

Millennials And Mental Health

Mental health is an important for people of all ages around the world. Millennials are a particularly vulnerable population so their needs to be taken into consideration along with everyone else's to find a better solution to anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

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