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Do you think the youth of today are 'the anxiety generation'?

  1. Right On Time profile image63
    Right On Timeposted 6 years ago

    Challenging to get into university, extremely tough to get a job post-GFC financial climate, body-image & lifestyle rules encouraged by modern marketing, easily-available processed foods, devaluing of family unit and Individualism.

    One of my friends is a pharmacist and she has told me that the amount of scripts they get for depression medications, would support this view. I think that it is harder for kids of today (and then probably more mature people as well). What are your thoughts?

    1. AshleyRB profile image60
      AshleyRBposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Well I'm not sure if it's "harder" for us, because I haven't experienced what the last generation experienced. What I can say though is that I have had a hard time personally.

      In the past I was on anti depressants (age 14!) but in my opinion they didn't do much. I have never been on them since, because I felt it was better for me to face my problems head on rather than medicate the shit out of myself.

      The majority of the people in my life are worried about losing their job, can't find a job, and/or struggling with health issues....

      To some it all up...from what I've seen we are a train wreck of a society!

      1. Right On Time profile image63
        Right On Timeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thx for sharing Ashley, sounds like you're way more together than many I know! I know, the whole job thing is so hard for people huh. And agree with your observations on society. Always enjoy reading your work smile

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      JustaMendesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think people should live more naturaly, and think that felicity is more than having a job, a houseand family.
      There are thousand of people who donĀ“t have the same stuffs as develop constries, but they find a way to live happy.
      The youth of today has the same feelings as other generations. We all need love and we can live in a more simple way.
      We will find a way to overcame the crise and survive.

  2. fit2day profile image81
    fit2dayposted 6 years ago

    The youth coming today face very tough times, there used to be a time when people were hired on the spot, nowadays people are lucky if they can graduate college and get a job making the same amount they paid each year to go to school.

    The depression medications don't help the matter, our society has gotten the idea that every problem out there can be solved with a pill. There are a whole lot of children who can't sit still in a classroom for hours who just need some time to get up and move, not a pill that alters the mind.

    I think technology is great for many things, but our over reliance on it has made it difficult for people to do the things we should be doing. I don't know how many people I've passed who've pulled out there cellphones and acted like they were talking to someone just to avoid any interaction with the world around them.

    1. Right On Time profile image63
      Right On Timeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree.  And what about the people with the iPods in their ears...

  3. Shadesbreath profile image84
    Shadesbreathposted 6 years ago

    I think that the media became a bad news engine that proliferated and shaped how our society views itself. This is having a domino effect with successive generations. I wrote a hub about it, and I don't think, given the context of this forum, it's too spammy to link it if anyone happens to be interested in having a look. http://hubpages.com/hub/Stop-Neutering- … em-So-Much

    I think it's a much bigger problem than people realize, and it's going to play out unfortunately for us all if we don't get a jump on it.

    1. Glenn Raymond profile image59
      Glenn Raymondposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Most assuredly.  It's an unfortunate result of society as a whole these days.  And we need more people to advocate for the mentally ill also.  They say exersize is a natural prozac and no one gets enough of that anymore.  Technology is keeping everyone on their sofas a bit too much.

      This is a wonderful question and I am glad you asked it.  Thank You.

  4. Jewels profile image84
    Jewelsposted 6 years ago

    I think the 'anxiety' loop began with the baby boomers and was pushed out into mainstream neurosis by the pharma companies and the media.  Pressure placed on individuals started way before Gen Y's.  In fact pressure is something that pushes individuals to achieve great things.  Without it there is the likelihood of being slovenly and an underachiever (measured by your own sense of value and worth of course)!

    The stress epidemic started with the baby boomers who then became hellbent on ensuring their kids didn't have to go through what they did.  Unfortunately in the process of over-protecting the kids they have (in many cases) engendered fear and caution in everything they do.  Anxiety and stress related illness are rife, as well as depression.  A pill will never fix these problems but of course you want to believe they will!?!?

    Brilliant article by Shades - worth a read on this widespread problem.

  5. mecheil profile image60
    mecheilposted 6 years ago

    Besides the pressure from media, peers and the valid reason of worrying about the future, many parents fail to guide youth to value the satisfaction that doesn't come from material things, high-paying job, and popularity. Bonding with the family and good times with real friends often fall in the last part of list of priorities. They tend to race in achieving what is tangible, and become too overwhelmed with the pressures that come in the way. They keep on chasing these things, anxious about not being able to get the latest gadgets, cover girl figures,  and higher salary than his rival in high school.

  6. Right On Time profile image63
    Right On Timeposted 6 years ago

    Wow this started some pretty intellectually stimulating responses. Totally agrees with yous all. smile

  7. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I think a lot of it comes from detached parenting. The kids live in anxiety-filled homes. If parents would understand more how important their responsibility is, we might not see so many kids on meds.

    Every generation goes through growing pains, but it helps if parents are doing their job of parenting and setting appropriate boundaries for their kids. I saw a post yesterday from a relative who was basically flaunting that her high school age daughter had over 12,000 texts in a month...