Huge number of young Americans have mental-health condition

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

new analysis finds an astonishing 42% of young people who are considered part of Generation Z are struggling with a mental health condition that was identified largely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the early months of mitigation measures that included lockdowns, beginning in March 2020, many of the conditions began to manifest, according to researchers with the Indiana-based data management company Harmony Healthcare IT, reported Study Finds.

The diagnoses included anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Generation Z is regarded by researchers as people born from the mid to late 1990s to the early 2010s.

The survey found about three-quarters, all under the age of 25, said the pandemic negatively impacted their mental health. Many spoke of loneliness, and 85% said they were worried about the future in general. One in five is seeing a therapist and 57% take regular medication to address their mental issues.

The top concerns were personal finances, the economy, the environment, and Americans growing political divide.

The survey also found that 90% believe their generation is not set up for success, and 75% believe they are at a disadvantage compared to previous generations, the Baby Boomers and Gen X.

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