Anxiety and depression are both severe mental health disorders that have had a serious impact not only on the mental health but on the educational. professional. and other life outcomes of many individuals in the United States. The prevalence of both of these disorders within the US has Increased significantly since the mid-twentieth century. One of the most at-risk age populations is young adults. who are typically defined as individuals between 18-30 years of age. While this increase in both anxiety and depression among young adults is a complicated issue with many causes, major contributing factors include greater levels of social media engagement. academic stress. and economic stress. Some also claim that the rise in these disorders is due to an increased amount of awareness; however, research and evidence on this matter is limited. The increased prevalence of these debilitating disorders has hurt the academic and vocational performance of young adults. irrepairably damaged intrapersonal relationships. caused many to develop co-occuring substance abuse disorders. and led many to die by suicide. Despite these adverse outcomes, though, several promising interventions are providing hope to depressed and anxious young adults throughout the us. Practices that improve distressed individuals' access to needed services. empower young adults through self-love. increase their access to validated treatments and qualified mental healthcare providers, and focus on building communal and societal support for young adults with mental illness are paving the way to a brighter future for young adults in the US struggling with mental disorders.
Osorio, Emma Kauana and Hyde, Emily
"The Rise of Anxiety and Depression Among Young Adults in the United States,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2021:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2021/iss1/3