Mental Health Issues Skyrocket in Young

The percentage of young people experiencing mental health disorders has boomed in the last decade, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Lead author of the study Dr Jean Twenge said: “More U.S. adolescents and young adults in the late 2010s, versus the mid-2000s, experienced serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts, and more attempted suicide.

“These trends are weak or non-existent among adults 26 years and over, suggesting a generational shift in mood disorders instead of an overall increase across all ages.”

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Twenge added the trend may be partially due to increased use of electronic communication and digital media, which may have changed modes of social interaction enough to affect mood disorders.

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“Cultural trends in the last 10 years may have had a larger effect on mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes among younger generations compared with older generations,” said Twenge.

Given that the increase in mental health issues was sharpest after 2011, Twenge believes it’s unlikely to be due to genetics or economic woes.

Twenge speculated that the cause is more likely to be due to sudden cultural changes.

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