An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 28th April 2017, written by Susan Llewelyn and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, authors of Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction.
"It’s a sad but very modern paradox. Despite the many wonderful opportunities and options like education, technologies, internet resources, and travel that are open to young people today, young people’s mental health today has never been so fragile. In contrast to the frequently portrayed images of happy, successful, and socially connected millennials in selfies, outspoken twitter messages or entertaining Facebook images, in fact many millennials seem to feel more empty and lost than ever.
Self-harm is widespread, and most current reports suggest that substance misuse and eating disorders are on the increase. Depression is common, as many young people think themselves to be failures in the rapidly changing world where nothing is secure, and where competition for jobs or places at University adds pressure and anxiety..."
Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.