As you have probably heard in the past, a little bit of anxiety can be a good thing in life. It could prompt you to study before a big test or prepare before an important presentation. However, too much anxiety can wreak havoc on a person’s life.
In fact, some people suffer from anxiety disorders that prevent them from leading a normal life. It can cause people to withdraw from relationships, and work can also be affected. Anxiety disorders are also common among people with clinical depression.
More people than ever are being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, especially within the young adult population. Experts believe that stress has a lot to do with it. According to a new report from the American Psychological Association the millennial generation — Americans between 18 and 33 years old — have the higher rate of stress compared to the rest of the population.
This may come as a surprise as being young is often associated with freedom and opportunity. But the American Psychological Association reports that the stress level of the millennial generation is at 5.4 on a scale of one to 10, quite a bit higher than the national average of 4.9.
The American Psychological Association reported that the millennial generation feels stressed over jobs and money, mostly. The main reason for this is because the millennial generation is growing up and entering the workforce at a time of “economic upheaval,” the American Psychological Association said.
Issues such as finding a job, starting a family and paying back student loans are all stressful times in life, especially during a down economy, the report said. The American Psychological Association did indicate that young people who get help for chronic stress end up fairing much better than those who don’t.
Part of asking for help may include applying for Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits if anxiety or depression is standing in the way of leading a normal life or holding down a job.
Source: Health, “Young Adults Are America’s Most Stressed Generation: Survey,” Steven Reinberg, Feb. 7, 2013