“In a highly competitive atmosphere, millennials believe that ‘their magic is gone’ and start to frame the world around them in maladaptive ways.”

Mumbai, Maharashtra: Following the recent Pawanjeet Kohli incident, NDTV took the initiative to have a televised discussion about depression among millennials of the post-modern age. Dr. Ajay Phadke, our CEO and Founder, was one of the speakers who participated in the exchange. His inputs shed some light on who millennials are, the reasons they could experience depression, and how they tend to cope.

Who are Millennials?

Millennials are those born beyond the year 1980. In the era that kick-started post this period, children have always been told that they are perfect. They’ve been told that they were the ‘best at doodling’ or ‘great at potty training’. But all of this appraisal and positive reinforcement starts to seem a little bit out of place as they become adults who try to thrive in a world that is do dynamic. We often see teenagers showing a high sense of entitlement, as well as wanting instant gratification from all that they do as they mature.

The expectations that these millennials believe are cut out for them often lead to a sense of disappointment and feeling overwhelmed. This leads to :

  1. Maladaptive emotions
  2. A decline in Self-Efficacy
  3. Dipping levels of Self-Esteem

How do They Cope with Stress?

Like the Pawanjeet Kohli case, beliefs about one’s own capacities in the context of relationships lead millennials to feel that they aren’t good enough. This leads them to resort to cope with things like social media. What they do not realise is that a ‘Like’ on Facebook is just a dopamine rush. It simulates happiness and gives us validation for a mere instant. In these cases, these young adults may not want to confront their parents about what they may be facing. In these cases unbiased and neutral ears are more approachable than concerned family members who often add more turmoil to the mix. Social support is a necessity in cases of depression, but it mustn’t interfere with the formation of rational beliefs.

About Type a Thought: Type a Thought is an online and offline counselling platform that functions from Mumbai. Our services look at the synthesis of the therapy that comes under the umbrella term of human cognition. We provide a approaches tailored to individuals, and also assist corporates to cope with workplace stress. The experts use various modes of digital and non-digital communication based on the comfort levels of the clients that we meet.