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Rates of anxiety and depression increasing steadily among young people

28 August 2019 3:54 PM | Karen (Administrator)

A longitudinal study published in the USA indicates a steady rise in mental health issues in high school and college students. This rise seems to have nothing to do with realistic dangers and uncertainties, but more to do with the way young people view the world around them. 

The data indicate that young people believe they have less control over their own destiny. This is an interesting snip from the article - The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

"Twenge's own theory is that the generational increases in anxiety and depression are related to a shift from "intrinsic" to "extrinsic" goals. Intrinsic goals are those that have to do with one's own development as a person—such as becoming competent in endeavors of one's choosing and developing a meaningful philosophy of life. Extrinsic goals, on the other hand, are those that have to do with material rewards and other people's judgments. They include goals of high income, status, and good looks. Twenge cites evidence that young people today are, on average, more oriented toward extrinsic goals and less oriented toward intrinsic goals than they were in the past. For example, an annual poll of college freshmen shows that most students today list "being well off financially" as more important to them than "developing a meaningful philosophy of life"—the reverse was true in the 1960s and 1970s

It's reports like this that affirm why MyGenius Inc offers the Genius Camps as a way to help young people develop clarity, confidence and courage. 

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