Ah, i can understand there is stigma, and i was in no way criticizing or trying to say anyone had it easy. I just see a lot of posts criticizing us and it's really annoying, just wanted to share my opinion.Violet, I appreciate and respect your point of view. It was a joke...there were plenty of jokes about my generation in the day and still are (baby-boomers) and things were hard for many of us too. I had trouble in school and never went to college and my parents didn't care enough to help. Parents seem to me to be more engaged now, which is helpful.
I am sorry if you were hurt by this. I will be more sensitive in the future. Having said that, being a teen and launching has never been easy for all or most teenagers. Many 18 year olds were sent to Nam against their will in my day. There was a draft. Women had much less opportunity as far as career choices. Nobody understood learning disabilities in my day. We were called "stpud and lazy" sometimes in front of all the kids in class. It happened to me. Students had less rights. They could be spanked in some schools. There was segregation so people of color could not use the same drinking fountains as white people in some states. If you were gay? Forget it...ridicule. ostracizing. Often family shunning.
I have three millennials. They are awesome. They have better support and more love than many in my generation. They are thriving. I know most teens do well.
Most of us did well too but Manymentsl illness did not start with millennials. There is a lot more understanding and help out there now. There is still a stigma, but it's not as bad. My mental health ride started at 23 do at 64 I lived through positive changes and more acceptance even though we haven't solved the problem yet. In the day though many of us suffered silently had to suffer with anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. I had them all. I spent ten weeks in a psychiatric hospital with no family support. It helped but I struggled with this all my life. It's not new to millennials...we just talked about it less for fear of being called crazy. Things are eating up now and I am glad and have become more open with the chance to mentor young people who have depression and anxiety. I know first hand that it can be very hard to have these challenges. But we can also push on and do well. That's what I try to explain. I love mentoring.
It is not easy for sll kids now. It was not easy then. I do think we had to work harder....parents didn't give us as much and we had to go out on our own, in general, even if we were not ready. I wasn't ready so I got married to avoid homelessness. It was a rotten marriage but my mother refused to let me come back home so I stayed with him seventeen years. My second marriage is great but I was 40 before I met him and my life became so much better.
Every generation has challenges, and times are hard for some now. They were then. And many thrive now and thrived back then. Life is tough but we are tougher!
I apologize for posting this.
Love and light.