Depression | Mental Health

Why 42% of Gen Z Diagnosed With a Mental Health Condition?

Why Is Generation Z So Depressed?

Som Dutt ☯
Psychology Simplified
4 min readMay 31, 2024

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According to Harmony Healthcare IT, a data management firm, 42% of Gen Z is diagnosed with a mental health condition. 62% of Gen Z feel that the pandemic has disturbed their mental health the most.

The study was conducted on 1000 Gen Z candidates. Out of 42% of mental health conditions, 90% of the candidates felt anxiety and 78% of the candidates felt depression.

27% were linked with ADHD and 20% were with PTSD. We can say that Gen Z is the most depressed generation in the entire history of mankind.

“Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.”
― John Green,
The Fault in Our Stars

Yes, most of the Gen Z are uncomfortable about discussing their mental health. They do not want to express their private life and state of mind. In this article, we will try to understand the reasons behind their severe mental health conditions.

1. How Social Media And Technology Affect Gen Z’s Mental Health.

Gen Z is addicted to computers, the internet, social media, and technology. Most of the companies are designing apps mainly for Gen Z’s.

Gen Z is more interested in exploring the virtual world. Whenever Gen Z opens social media, they start comparing themselves with others and they start feeling bad about themselves.

“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.”
― Elizabeth Wurtzel,
Prozac Nation

Gen Z has its online friend groups on WhatsApp and chat rooms. They love to connect with their friends there. They try to chat for hours and sleep much less. Because of the high internet use their sleep quality has decreased and that is the main reason behind their poor mental health.

2. How Academic Pressure And Expectations Affect Gen Z’s Mental Well-being.

Due to overpopulation, inflation, and high competition, modern parents expect good grades and a successful career from their children. That realization makes Gen Z very stressed.

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
― C.S. Lewis,
The Problem of Pain

Gen Z has pressure to excel in every field. Getting into good colleges has become very difficult in the modern age. There are many competitive exams that they have to clear to get admission into the colleges and Universities.

A student getting low test results in any subject or exam affects his overall grade. Such bad performances are also the reason behind their stress.

Many Gen Z’s suffer from the fear of failure. They also want to get good jobs where lots of people apply. With the rise of technology, good jobs are becoming less in number. Gen Z has to endure challenges to make a living.

3. How Family Dynamics And Relationships Shape Gen Z’s Mental Health.

Modern parents have become overprotective of their children. This extra care and guidance limit their children’s independence, growth, and free thinking.

Gen Z spends lots of time alone. They lack proper emotional support. They feel like they are trapped in their world. Many Gen Z’s experiences parental divorce, family breakups, and parental money problems, which increase their mental illness.

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
― Barbara Kingsolver,
The Bean Trees

The modern world has become very busy. Parents do not have time for their children. Children need to spend more quality time with their parents.

There is also a big communication gap between parents and children. Gen Z does not want to discuss anything about their personal life and mental health with their parents. They remain silent in the house most of the time.

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
― Dodie Smith,
I Capture the Castle

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Som Dutt ☯
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