Millennials have been dubbed the "therapy generation" and we wonder why?
It's true that therapy has recently seen a positive upgrowth, with more people talking, seeking and learning about therapy. But is that why therapy has grown so popular?
We spoke to some millennials to find out why they seek therapy and how they decided on it.
When Did You Decide To Go For Therapy?
"I had been depressed for two years before I realized that I could go for therapy. I heard from a friend that she'd been going to a therapist to battle her anxiety and that it was helping her deal with it. But, at the time I didn't even know that I was depressed, so I figured I didn't need it. I was just sad." Yash, 24 said.
"But I was sad so often, that same friend told me maybe it's more than just sadness and that I should see someone to feel better. After all my failed attempts at making myself feel better, I finally took her advice. Best decision of my life, honestly." he finished.
"I have been going for therapy for about 4 years now, and each session has made me a better person. I started therapy because I went through a terrible break-up, and I couldn't cope. My parents weren't supportive but I went chup chup ke. I borrowed money from my friends who were very supportive. My parents are fine with it now because they know it helps me." Rajvee, 26 told us.
"I couldn't cope with the overwhelming changes around me, and I felt stuck and helpless. I thought reaching out for help from a professional would help me adapt and cope with everything." Pranav, 24 shared.
Do You Think More People From This Generation Are Seeking Therapy?
"Earlier people blamed their mental health issues on other things like vitamin deficiencies, laziness, stress etc but our generation has familiarized itself with mental health issues due to all the awareness campaigns, educational panels, and their own research. More people from this generation are seeking therapy because they know it exists." Pranav, 24 thinks.
"Most definitely. This generation has educated themselves, moved away from the stigma and prioritized their mental health. The need for therapy is way more than people realize, which is why it is important to have an open conversation about it." Shalini, 19 said.
" I think the new generation has been able to take professional help for their mental health issues because they've realized how important it is to have a healthy mind. Stress is never-ending, but coping with it can be easier and healthier if we seek therapy." Kinjal, 21 told us.
Why Is There A Stigma Associated With Therapy? And Why Should We Detach From It?
"Therapy has only been shown in a positive light off late, for the last couple of decades therapy was a madman's ruse. Only the crazy, deranged and "mental" people sought therapy. But that's not even partially true, therapy can be for anyone. The slightest of problems trigger most of us, reaching out for help is actually a positive thing." Janhavi, 21 contemplated.
"My parents are still very skeptical about therapy because 'log kya kahenge?', because of which I have to deal with my anxiety by myself. If we understood that therapy is for the better and not for the worse, maybe things will get better for everyone." Rajal, 23 pondered.
"I know that therapy has had a stigma around it for a long time, but therapy is an essential mode of taking care of yourself. It has to be detached because the need of the hour is therapy, for Millenials and baby boomers alike. Therapy isn't age-restricted and nor are mental health issues." Lerika, 18 said.
Therapy is an essential part of understanding your own well being and needs, more people need to look into therapy as a means of self-discovery and self-help.
Most people don't even realize that they need help and they wade through life with a burden of stress hovering over them, this is why therapy is important.
The new generation has well familiarized themselves with the importance of mental health and how it affects their daily life. This is why they seek for therapy more openly and willingly.