Report: Millennials seek mental-health therapy at a higher rate

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Millennials are seeking mental health therapy at a higher rate than other generations, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal.

According to the report, five times as many college students were going to therapy in 2017 compared to the numbers between 2011 and 2016.

Mental health experts say that there are a number of factors for the increase in seeking better mental health.

“Social media has contributed to an increase in anxiety and depression,” says Rutgers University associate professor Peter Economou.

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Another reason could be “multidimensional perfectionism,” or setting unrealistic expectations and then experiencing hurt when those goals are not met.

"Seeking mental health treatment has become destigmatized so people are more open to it,” Economou says.

Economou suggests limiting smartphone device time.

“Take it out of the bedroom. Don’t constantly stay connected to it,” he says.

He also suggests exercising regularly, as well as cognitive and behavior therapy.

"Doing things like meditation can really help to facilitate this,” Economou says.

The Wall Street Journal report also reveals that some millennials are using therapy as a form of self-improvement.

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