More young people now are seeking mental help, and it's a good thing

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Anxiety seems to be very common among millennials, but the self-aware and distressed generation is doing something about it.

A recent study has found that anxiety and unhappiness among young people are growing, but unlike the former generation, millennials are actually less shy and more aware of their need to seek professional help.

Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, found in her latest study that "high school students in the 2010s were twice as likely to see a professional for mental health issues than those in the 1980s."

College students also feel overwhelmed. Student health centers are in higher demand today for failed relationships and low grades.

Anxiety can also be a symptom of eating disorders and hypochondria, and among millennials and even those younger, it is on the rise.

Hypochondria is the excessive worry about one's health, going from seeking additional information about a certain health condition to firmly but wrongly believing that one is suffering from a disease.

People with this disorder will aggrandize any physical symptom and start obsessing about having a disease. For example, a simple headache would be interpreted as a brain tumor. What characterizes hypochondriacs is the fact that they misinterpret all kinds of symptoms.

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The reason why these conditions are increasing is the easy internet access and the constant exposure to unlimited medical and scientific information online.

The main factors contributing to anxiety are the underlying instability around modern concerns like housing and careers, the breakdown in family and community relationships, the rise of technology, and the increased competition both in the workplace and in college.

Mental health remains stigmatized and rarely discussed in public, but it surely shouldn't be that way.