Why this story matters:
This news could be called alarming by some, since a mental illness at a young age can have a devastating effect on a person's future.
Germany is not the first country to reveal that its young population is suffering more mental health issues than previous generations.
But another reason for such an increase in complaints and diagnoses is that doctors are becoming more sensitive to patients' complaints, and diagnose such issues better. The general population today might also be more informed on the topic of mental health, and more likely to seek professional care.
Details from the story:
- Barmer, one of Germany's biggest health insurers, has published a study based on its clients' data, revealing that 96,300 of its young clients (aged 18-25) have sought professional help for their mental health complaints
- The most common diagnosis is depression, followed by panic attacks
- This study can be regarded as representative since Barmer's clientele includes almost half a million people from different backgrounds in Berlin alone.
- It only includes people who have sought professional help: psychotherapy, or psychiatric care, and the real numbers of those in need of such help may be even higher.
- The number of mental health complaints is higher in Germany's North-East, which has two of the country's biggest cities, Berlin and Hamburg, and a poorer population, then in the South-West.