Dating a girl with anxiety and depression
When you date someone, it’s hard not to think their illnesses are your responsibility.
If their symptoms and happiness are not improving despite your best efforts to help and support, you might believe it’s partially your fault.
At first I presumed these might be blips, but the trends persisted, across several years and a series of national surveys. The biggest difference between the Millennials and their predecessors was in how they viewed the world; teens today differ from the Millennials not just in their views but in how they spend their time.
We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. More often, Athena and her friends spend time together on their phones, unchaperoned.
This sometimes makes small issues transform into big stressors.
Again, it’s important to be patient with partners who suffer from depression.
But it was exactly the moment when the proportion of Americans who owned a smartphone surpassed 50 percent.
I pored over yearly surveys of teen attitudes and behaviors, and the more I talked with young people like Athena, the clearer it became that theirs is a generation shaped by the smartphone and by the concomitant rise of social media. Born between 19, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet.