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Prioritizing Mental Health

Millennials are at more risk of mental health diagnoses, such as major depression. Tess Brigham, a therapist with extensive experience working with millennials, warns that recent stress and anxieties surrounding the pandemic may serve to further exacerbate already widely existing mental health conditions in this age group. Possible coping strategies include sticking the one's old routine to the best extent possible while in isolation, and focusing only on tasks that one may control. Brigham emphasizes the effort required to stay focused on the positive, and trying to stay connected with loved ones through technology amidst loneliness. In fact, the Health Resources & Services Administration notes that studies on loneliness have revealed that its negative effects are equally as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.


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