Jan 12th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
High school and college students are five times more likely to have mental-health problems when compared to their Great Depression–era counterparts.
A team of psychologists from five universities analyzed over 77,000 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory tests, which had been administered to high school and college students between 1938 and 2007
. The results showed that the rate of depression
among young people jumped from 1 percent to 6 percent during that 70-year time period. Also, hypomania, a measure of anxiety and unrealistic optimism
, spiked from 6 percent to 31 percent.
Experts speculate these increases were caused by overprotective helicopter parents
, who don't give their children the space to develop the skills needed to deal with the expectations of adulthood.
Or it could be that those long walks to school in deep snow uphill both ways that our forefathers had to endure were great for clearing the head.