These 4 Signs Of Despair Are Rising In Middle-Aged

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People in their late 30s and
40s are experiencing these four indicators of despair.
Depression, suicidal ideation,
drug and alcohol abuse are on the rise among those approaching middle age, new
research finds.
People in their late 30s and
early 40s are now more likely than ever to experience these indicators of
So-called Generation X-ers,
born around the 1960s and 70s are becoming more desperate, regardless of
ethnicity, education and geography.
The conclusions come from a
survey that tracked the mental health of thousands of Americans born between
1974 and 1983.
The results showed that while
adolescence was typically a rocky period, people felt happier in their 20s.
However, by the time they reached
their late 30s and 40s, the indicators of despair were on the increase.
Previously, it was thought
this dip in mental health in mid-life was linked to one particular demographic
group: white people with low education in rural areas.
Lauren Gaydosh, the study’s first author, explained:
“What we wanted to do in this
paper was to examine whether the factors that may be predictive of those causes
of death — substance use, suicidal ideation and depression — are isolated to
that particular population subgroup, or whether it’s a more generalized
it turned out the trend was more broad, said Dr Gaydosh:
“We found that despair has
increased in this cohort, but that increases are not restricted to non-Hispanic
whites with low education.
Instead, the increase in
despair that occurs across the 30s is generalized to the entire cohort,
regardless of race, ethnicity, education, and geography.”
Gaydosh is worried the indicators of despair will worsem:
“Public health efforts to
reduce these indicators of despair should not be targeted toward just rural
whites, for example, because we’re finding that these patterns are generalized
across the population.”
The study was published in the
American Journal of Public Health (Gaydosh et al., 2019).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.