Top 10 Health Conditions Affecting Millennials
The term ‘millennial’ was coined in reference to people born in the internet age from 1981 to the late 1990s. They are also referred to as Generation Y.
While they would be considered lucky to be born in the age of freedom and technological advancements, Millenials have issues unique only to their generation. Millennials don’t have to worry about dying of Malaria or Yellow Fever as the generations before them. They are however disadvantaged where mental illnesses are concerned. On the list of top ten health conditions affecting Millenials, over half of them include mental disorders. This is mostly because of the times they were born and the lifestyles they grew up in.
Data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) highlighted these ten health conditions top of the list:
1. Major Depression
Several factors are contributing to increased depression among Millenials. For starters, growing up with the influence of social media has affected how they view their lives. The superficial and unrealistic standards of beauty have affected how they see themselves. Due to the lavish lifestyles, many Millenials see online, they end up not being content with what they have and wishing for more. This makes many of them depressed.
2. Substance Use Disorder
Many Millenials are abusing drugs today as a way to cope with their lives. The rehabilitation facilities are filled with those whose parents have the means.
3. Alcohol Use Disorder
Unlike the generations before them, Millenials are faced with widespread unemployment. This has resulted in many abusing alcohol leading to an alcohol use disorder.
Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is caused by poor lifestyle choices as well as stress. Many Millenials are stressed as they work all hours of the day and don’t necessarily take time off to unwind. This is also bad for their emotional well being.
Hyperactivity refers to the inability to focus or concentrate. According to the data, many Millenials are being diagnosed with hyperactivity conditions such as ADHD. These millennials are irritable and impulsive. This can be caused by the overuse of stimulation drugs such as meth and cocaine.
6. Psychotic Conditions
These are severe mental illnesses where individuals lose their grip on reality. Some of the most common psychotic conditions that millennials go through include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and multiple personality disorder. Some characteristics of psychotic conditions include anxiety, hallucinations and lack of power to concentrate.
7. Crohn’s Disease And Ulcerative Colitis
Poor lifestyle choices and food preferences have led to inflammation of parts of the digestive system which is experienced by many millennials.
8. High Cholesterol
Fast food has increasingly become popular in the past few years due to its accessibility at the expense of good health. As more and more Millenials join the fast-paced corporate world, they have less time to eat home-cooked meals and opt for junk food high in cholesterol. The fact that most of them grew up in double-income households means that junk has been their dinner for years leading to health problems.
9. Tobacco Use Disorder
Millennials have increasingly grown addicted to smoking as a coping mechanism. Many of them are irritable and anxious all the time. The exposure to sad world news and natural disasters has made many grow up in fear and with a feeling of hopelessness. This contributes to the taking up of poor lifestyle choices like smoking.
10. Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity is rampant among millennials and has had the effect of increasing the number of patients for Type 2 diabetes. Due to the advancement of technology, most of them spend more time seated than exercising thus leading to weight gain. Millenials seat on their car to work while some work from home so they don’t necessarily need to go anywhere for months on end.
In this type of diabetes, the body can no longer produce insulin. Being overweight is a huge risk factor.
Some of these conditions have continued growing in numbers. Despite there being clinical solutions in existence, millennials only seek quick fixes when seeking out medical treatments.
One thing they are all encouraged to take up by medical practitioners is self-care. Every so often, take time off from technology and spend actual face to face time with friends. Form meaningful bonds and have a circle that supports your well-being.