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The Kids Are Not Alright: 42 Percent of Young Adults Have a Diagnosed Mental Health Condition

The Kids Are Not Alright: 42 Percent of Young Adults Have a Diagnosed Mental Health Condition

A new report from Harmony Healthcare IT analyzed the mental health of American young adults and found 42 percent currently have a diagnosed mental health problem. In addition, a whopping 57 percent take regular medication.

The study estimates tens of millions began dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD or PTSD in the months immediately following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roughly 75 percent of Americans under the age of 25 reported that the pandemic negatively impacted their mental health, and many are still experiencing loneliness and uncertainty about the future — including personal finances, the economy, the environment and even the country’s polarized political landscapes.

Of the 68 million Gen Zers, nine in 10 diagnosed with mental health issues say they struggle specifically with anxiety, and eight in 10 say they struggle with bouts of depression.

Additionally, nearly 90 percent of Gen Z respondents believe their generation is not set up for success. Seventy-five percent shared they feel they are at a disadvantage compared previous generations.

Yet while Gen Z may be feeling uncertain about their future, many are seeking help for their cynicism. The report found that one in five young adults say they see a therapist regularly, and Gen Zers are also two times more likely than Millennials or Gen Xers to open up about their struggles with daily emotional distress.

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