Generation Me Considered the Most Stressed Generation Yet?

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Nothing consumes a person, a family, a community, or a society like loneliness, hopelessness, and fear. Depression, “characterized as a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities”(What is Depression? par 4), affects a staggering 6.3 million people, as Jean Twenge clarifies in Chapter 4 of her book, Generation Me. Twenge states that “the lifetime rate of major depression is ten times higher, between 15% and 20%” than previous generations (105). What brings about such apprehension, though? We are thriving in an ever expanding advancement in technology, are we not? We are offered opportunities and earn significantly more money than ever before. Despite all our modern luxuries, though, “75% of teens said they still felt nervous or stressed at least some of the time” (Twenge 107). Generation Me was reported from the view of an adult, so I will reinforce Twenge’s proposal of depression from a young adult’s perspective. The recession of 2008 took place when I was fourteen years old, only a middle schooler during the time. Both of my parents had lost their jobs, which took a tremendous hit on our family financially. Each day, it was unclear how much longer the unemployment money would last for us. The situation great increasingly worse, which swiftly filtered its way down to my younger sister and me. By age eighteen and fifteen, we were both diagnosed with situational depression, which “1 out of 3 girls suffer from” (Twenge 106). Twenge adds, “Even if you come from a stable, loving family, growing up amidst the stress of recent times might be enough to make you anxious” (107). With the weight of our financial state accumulating, along with persisting r... ... middle of paper ... ...cause divorce always seems to be the best way out. Our generation is never satisfied with what we have nor what we are doing to reach future goals. As a result, it’s brought us to collide and obliterate ourselves. One point that no one realizes though, is that few is going through this pain alone. We all suffer with a fear, a troublesome situation, or a pain. “Only 30 percent of depressed teens are being treated for,” (Why Are So Many Teens Depressed? par 3) which doesn’t accommodating nearly enough people to help solve the problem. If we join together and work to help not only ourselves but others around us, we could help resolve what could be considered the most stressed generation America has ever witnessed. “The condition creating stress isn’t going away anytime soon,” says Huffington Post, “but there’s still cause for hope” (“Millenials Come of Age..” par 1).

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