Why Millennials are turning to therapy

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Why Millennials are turning to therapy

Anyone born between the years 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 38 in 2019), is considered a Millennial. Most of the individuals in this generation have parents in the baby boomer generation, that is, born between the years 1946-1964. Those born from 1997 onwards are a part of the new generation.

Nearly a quarter of the total U.S population, 30 percent of the voting age individuals, and almost two-fifths of the working population comprises of the Millennials.

How is the Millennial generation different than previous generations?

Previous generations or the “baby boomers” were all about living a simple life, living in the suburbs, working in the same company for many years, being financially secured, and owning their own house. Millennials are quite the opposite.

Millennials, the generation now in their 20s and 30s, are very different from their parents and previous generations. They prefer to live in big cities, switch jobs, live in rented homes, more health-conscious, focused on self-care, marry late, and so much more.

Why Millennials are turning to therapy

Challenges faced by the Millennial generation

The Millennial generation is often referred to as the ‘generation of therapy’ or ‘the therapy generation.’ They are insecure that they’ll never be able to excel in their lives like their parents. Some of the common challenges faced by this age group of (23-35 years olds) are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loan Debt
  • Education
  • Unemployment
  • Terrorism
  • Financial Insecurity
  • Technology Addiction, and more.

According to a study, 74 percent of Millennials’ desire a job that they enjoy. And another research shows that half of the candidates left a job because of mental health issues.

Millennials and loan debt

According to the findings based on a survey by The Harris Poll of over 2000 U.S adults, Millenials have an average of $27,900 in personal debt. Due to a massive increase in college fees, most have become trapped under the weight of so much debt.

Because of such financial pressure, they’ve ended up having loads of anxiety, have been unable to support themselves, and are seeking therapy to help manage it all.

Why Millennials are turning to therapy

What kind of therapy are Millennials seeking?

Unlike baby boomers who had a peaceful life, the millennial generation is struggling to be at peace and be content with their situations. They are constantly seeking for some kind of therapy, mentoring, or consultation, that helps them to have a healthy mind. They’re not sure of their choices and the overthinking is causing them to seek some kind of guidance to move successfully in life.  Some of the common therapies that the Millennials are seeking:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) – It is an effective therapy for treating several issues like depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. 


  • Psychodynamic Therapy – This therapy is focused on analyzing thoughts, increasing self-awareness, and making a child or youth resilient and more adaptable to situations. The ultimate goal is to help them live a healthier life.   



  • Occupational Therapy – The therapy helps people regain independence in various areas of life. Individuals opt for this therapy to boost self-esteem and overcome emotional and social fears.

Millennials are searching for various ways to help them have a stable career, financial security, get rid of anxiousness, depression, mental health, etc. They’re looking for self-tips, self-help resources, therapists, and similar things. 

Since this generation is so focused on making themselves better and perfect in each field, they talk openly and share their views on online platforms and also seek help without being afraid of people’s opinions or comments. Millennials consult therapists and keep looking for experts who can understand them and believe seeking help will enable them to grow in their lives. 

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