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'90s kids & their mental issues

People born in the 90's have the worst mental issues

By Jafri AlamPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
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'90s kids & their mental issues
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A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney reveals that individuals born in the 1990s are experiencing the worst mental health compared to any previous generation. Furthermore, the study indicates that this decline in mental well-being is not limited to younger generations but is also affecting those who are approaching old age. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlight a concerning trend of deteriorating mental health across successive generations since the 1950s.

Lead author Dr Richard Morris, a senior research fellow in the University of Sydney's Faculty of Medicine and Health, emphasizes that the focus on declining mental health has primarily been on school-aged children and adolescents, with the expectation that their mental well-being would improve as they transition into adulthood. However, this study challenges that assumption, revealing a shift in the pattern. Dr Morris states, "This study shows this pattern is changing and that it is not just the kids we need to worry about."

The data from the study not only demonstrates a continuous decline in the mental health of young individuals but also highlights the impact on older generations who are now in their 40s and 50s. Unlike previous generations, the current crop of young people is not experiencing a rebound in mental well-being as they age.

These findings shed light on the urgent need to address the mental health challenges faced by individuals across different age groups. It is crucial to develop comprehensive strategies and support systems to improve mental well-being and ensure a healthier future for all generations.

The objective of the study was to investigate the reasons behind the decline in mental health among Australians since approximately 2010. The researchers aimed to determine whether this decline was specific to the "post-millennium cohort" or if it indicated a more concerning and enduring trend.

Throughout the study period, the mental health of over 27,500 Australians was monitored, with each age group being assessed individually. The findings revealed that the younger generations are experiencing the most severe mental health challenges.

Furthermore, unlike previous generations, individuals born in the 1990s are not experiencing an improvement in their mental health as they age.

The study provides valuable insights into the impact of mental health challenges on different generations, highlighting the need for targeted interventions and support across all age groups.

The study asserts that mental health at the population level has been declining in developed nations, particularly among young individuals. The study emphasizes that it is the poorer mental health of Millennials that is contributing to this apparent deterioration in population-level mental health. Researchers have identified social media as a significant factor driving the decline in mental health in the country. For quite some time, experts have criticized social platforms and excessive screen time for causing increased anxiety, depression, and addiction in younger generations. These platforms have also been linked to a rise in emotional abuse, toxic relationships, and the sexualization of youth. Additionally, the study suggests that climate change, a lack of physical activity, poor sleep, and the evolving nature of work may also play a substantial role in dampening the hopes of younger generations. However, the study was unable to consider how increased community awareness of mental health and reduced stigma may have

influenced the survey results. While it remains uncertain how these trends will continue as Gen Z and Gen Alpha grow older, researchers at the University of Sydney hold a pessimistic view.

In a statement, the researchers emphasized the significance of the evidence, which suggests that the decline in mental health among young adults cannot be assumed to naturally improve or vanish. The team aims to utilize this data to pinpoint the root causes of mental health issues in young people and prevent the trend from exacerbating further.

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