Historically, people in their 50s or 60s are often ashamed to talk about mental health, leaving many cases undiagnosed. Now, we live in a world where people are not afraid to be public about their lives through social media. As millennials continue to break the stigma of mental illness, fewer people are going untreated, and psychiatric treatment is becoming more socially acceptable.
How Do Millennials View Mental Health Now?
An increasing amount of millennials are successfully dealing with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and burnout. Blue Cross Blue Shield has reported that millennials are seeing their physical and mental health decline faster than Generation X as they age. Millennials are seeing a 40% increase in mortality compared to Generation Xers of the same age. Fortunately, millennials are not seeing therapy as a shameful or embarrassing thing. Instead, they view therapy as a form of self-improvement. In turn, more people in their 20s and 30s are going to treatment without reservations. More people between ages 18-34 are being diagnosed with depression since more young adults are willing to get help.
How are Millennials Addressing Their Mental Health Decline?
Millennials are also more likely to talk about the issues that brought them to therapy, like burnout from work or anxiety. Social media has played a significant role in this. Celebrities like Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga have spoken openly about their depression online and have normalized therapy. As a result, their fans dare to seek help for their depression as well.
Why Does the Online Sphere Make it Easier to Talk About Mental Health?
Living life online has given millennials the courage to be open. It is second nature for millennials to share online, whether it is a photo, a news story, or even a meme. It’s easier to talk about topics that used to be uncomfortable when you cannot see or hear the people who respond. These topics are now commonplace and nothing to be ashamed of. The best way to support this shift in society’s perspective is to continue talking about it and encouraging the next generation to do the same.
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