Ask any millennial and they’ll tell you that older generations have no problem labeling young people today as lazy, entitled and self-absorbed. Now while all of that may be true in some cases, a new study suggests that the daily pressures of teens and young adults is resulting in a depressed generation.
According to the study, the number of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 who have reportedly experienced Major Depressive Episodes (MDE) has increased exponentially in recent years.
From the years 2005 to 2014, researchers at the Journal of Pediatrics found a staggering 37 percent increase in those experiencing MDE’s.
Clinically, a MDE lasts at least two weeks and is defined as a constant, 24/7, low mood.
The most notable symptoms include low self-esteem, loss of interest in typically enjoyable activities, and problems with sleep, energy and concentration.
But despite the steep increase, national data and surveys suggest that there has not been a corresponding increase in mental health treatment.
21-year-old college student Collin Kirdahy was diagnosed with clinical depression at just 13 years old.
He says the key to bridging the gap is conversation.
“We need to encourage young people to get the help they need, we need to talk openly about mental health issues and provide treatment—of all sorts. Schools, communities, home settings, there need to be options for kids, because it’s just too much,” he urges.
If you or someone you know is battling depression, you are not alone.
Depression hurts, but there are millions of people out there who know that you don’t have to suffer in silence.