Instant gratification and low tolerance for frustration is a common phenomenon among millennials. Most millennials have a perfect plan for a post college life; get a job and thrive. Unlike previous generations, jobs are not as forth coming as they were before. There is a bigger gap between when one completes college and when they land their first job which may not be as high paying as they expected. In addition to that, millennials are delaying life steps; buying a house, getting kids and even a partner (Odenweller et. al, 2014). Millennials want to reap benefits of the efforts they put in immediately and when that doesn’t happen, they are frustrated. Because of the expectations they had coming from schools and not being well
DEPRESSION AMONG MILLENIALS 16 equipped to deal with frustrations, millennials are likely to be frustrated and depressed in the end. There seems to be a wall existing and they lack the power to do anything about the matter. Hopelessness and sadness creeps in. Theoretical Framework Depression among millennials has become a very common topic all over the world. It is discussed in journals, TV talk shows and even in top newspaper articles. Every millennial goes through a period of self-doubt and has to critically question the direction of their lives. It may be smooth for some, but for others the process is scarring. 7 in every 10 millennials have dealt or are dealing with depression (Odenweller et al., 2014). Communication technology has seen significant growth in the 21 st century with the advent of social media. This has made it easier to talk about the challenges among the social circles because there is less stigma and shame around it.
DEPRESSION AMONG MILLENIALS 17 Significance of the Study The significance of the study is to understand the growing trends of depression among millennials. What are the causes of these trends and what can be done to resolve this? The leaders in countries around the world such as the United States are dealing with a higher cost of mental health treatment (Ferri-Reed, 2013). The world leadership is a key stakeholder because of the increased costs towards treatment and prevention of mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Policy makers need to understand depression and anxiety as various policies are made to handle the various problems that are experienced around the world. Professionals in mental health such as psychologists and psychiatrists are also stakeholders because they want to understand why millenials are suffering from depression and anxiety. The study will be an addition to other studies which have been conducted on generational mental health concerns. The study will also build on literature on the millenial generation and the issues that are being faced. Employers are also core stakeholders in the study because the predominant generation in the workforce today are millenials (Stein, 2013). Employers today must take into account the mental health of employees for them to be productive which is a phenomenon that was not witnessed before. Depression and anxiety affect the productivity of companies as
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