Millennials have been called a lot of things, but I gotta say, the “anxious generation” is a new one for me. How crazy is it that we are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders than our predecessors? Or maybe…we’re just more likely to talk about it.
A 2015 study by American University said that Millennials grew up hearing about anxiety, depression, suicide and eating disorders at a much larger rate, and because of this, they are more accepting of others with mental illness. While no one can directly identify what exactly changed the way we see mental illness, there are lots of theories out there:
- The economy/Cost of living
- Undiagnosed mental illness in the family
Our desire to match our parents’ lifestyle in an economy that has clearly changed since the “old days” is pretty much an unwinnable battle. But I believe that as more people speak out, the stigma surrounding mental illness will continue to lessen.
I made a video a couple weeks ago addressing my experience with anxiety and how I’ve been overcoming it. It’s a daily struggle, but it’s not impossible. Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!