Gen Z has the worst mental health, but is more therapy the answer? | The Daily Wire

Gen Z is rife with mental health issues, but some doubt more therapy is really the answer.

Generation Z, often defined as 12- to 27-year-olds, have poorer mental health, lower self-confidence and generally more dissatisfaction with life than older generations, a study found in past

Overall, only 33 percent of young adults say their mental health is excellent or good compared to 48 percent of other adults, the study found. Similarly, another 2022 survey found that Americans aged 18 to 24 report high rates of mental health problems, impediments to effective work, and worries about the future.

A whopping 55% of young Gen Z adults ages 18 to 24 also say they’ve been diagnosed with or received treatment for a mental illness, far above the rate for older groups, according to the 2022 survey.

The pandemic also markedly increased the mental health crisis among both young adults and children.

Author Abigail Shrier recently posited that the younger generation may be less resilient because they are encouraged to focus on their bad feelings under the guise of resolving them.

Millennials thought they could do anything. They were Mark Zuckerberg’s generation, Shrier said during an appearance on Joe Rogans podcast last month on the day of the release of his latest book, Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Arent Growing Up.

I didn’t see it with these young people. They don’t want to be in charge. They are afraid, Shrier said.

Therapy, he suggested, may not help as much as we think.

Shrier cited studies where teenagers who were taught coping techniques for emotional regulation became even more sad and anxious.

The reason was that regularly ruminating about your bad feelings can make you feel worse, Shrier said. The amazing story of human history does not mean that it is not painful, but rather one of resilience. They climb They do not permanently suffer from a mental illness.

To be fair, some of Gen Z’s anxieties are grounded in reality, such as growing worries about their financial future, but here’s why therapy might not be the answer to dealing with these issues external

Inflation has increased in recent years and wage growth has not kept up. Housing prices continue to rise, making rent unaffordable in many areas for entry-level workers and putting home ownership out of reach even for young people with established careers. When Gen Z looks back at their parents’ and grandparents’ generations, they wonder if they’ll ever experience financial security the same way.

Only 37 percent of Gen Z workers said they believe most people in the country have economic opportunity, a data point that shows the generations’ powerful economic pessimism, the 2022 survey found. Around 26% of Gen Z workers said they believe their salary does not allow them a good quality of life, compared to 20% of older workers. 77% of Gen Z workers said they were looking for a new job, nearly double the rate of older workers.

With Gen Z pessimism about their financial future, they also tend to distrust political and social institutions, including Congress, the news, the presidency, the police and big tech companies, a Gallup study showed last year. Science is the one institution most young Gen Z trust.

This mistrust seems to grow as young people grow older and approach their early 20s. Gen Z kids ages 12-18 who are still in K-12 school trust institutions more than 18+.

In this challenging economic context, the lack of motivation of the most recent adult generations is somewhat understandable.

However, at the same time, a host of mental conditions have become popular content on social media, including Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression. Many young people are eager to self-diagnose and find community online with others who supposedly share their trendy condition.

While some may have these conditions, critics say a dose of old-fashioned tough love and perhaps a social media detox could help steer those misdiagnosed toward a more fulfilling purpose.

On the other hand, Gen Z are less likely to suffer from imposter syndrome at work, and there are signs that this generation may be ready to be more optimistic and mentally healthy given the right circumstances.

Some Gen Zers say they’re eager to harness the power of social media to start influential movements, but some things are extremely important to them, like higher starting salaries and flexible work schedules.

Generation Z is the largest generation in the world, representing about 32% of the 7.7 billion people on earth. They are more numerous than their older brothers the millennials and even older than the large generation of baby boomers.

There may not be a silver bullet to solve all of their problems, but their success or failure will have a huge effect on the future.

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