Is it easier for these millennials and younger adults to develop a mental health issue? Or just easier for them to admit they have a problem
Maybe it's both.
"We are seeing an increase in clinical depression and anxiety in Millennials and what they call Generation Z," said Nicole Amoyal Pensak and clinical psychologist in Red Bank.
According to the 2018 annual report from the Center of Collegiate Mental Health, a steady climb has been recorded since 201
A 2018 survey from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that the major depression diagnosis rate climbed 47 percent from 2013 to 2016 among Millennials
"The good news is that they are actually asking "There are plenty of theories on why, such as exposure to social media, why depression and anxiety can be increased among these more", said Pensak.
At the same time, she said, fragile generations
Pensak said she sees a good share of "high functioning depression and anxiety" – patients know something's off, and it's not until they scratch the service during a visit that they uncover what's going on. It is a trend among adolescents as well, she said.
A proposed state law that would mandate mental health education in New Jersey elementary, middle and high school health classes cleared the Senate on Thursday. Legislation sponsors note that 50 percent of mental health problems begin to show their signs at age 14.
Pensak said effective treatment is readily available for folks who seek help . Pensak, who can not prescribe medication, said cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to work just as well, and actually last longer
"It really teaches them skills to manage their own depression and anxiety, and it's very treatable," she