A Whole New World

I found this article in the WSJ Business section. You may not be able to read it so I will highlight it. Here is the title:

Young Workers Seek Mental Health Accommodations, Employers Try to Keep Up

Accommodations for anxiety, PTSD and other conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act differ for the workplace versus college

Okay, there is a lot to unpack even in the title but let’s show you some stuff form the article. Remember, this is the business section.

  • Managers and younger employees are struggling to adapt as a generation of people with higher rates of reported mental illness enter the workforce.
  • Many of these new workers are coming to offices from colleges and high schools where they received accommodations, such as extra time to take tests or complete assignments—in some cases from elementary school onward.
  • Workers are making more requests for accommodations, lawyers say, and more are alleging that they are experiencing discrimination based on mental-health conditions.
  • Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have the highest prevalence of serious mental illness among all age groups, with a rate of 7.5%, compared with 5.6% for ages 26 to 49, and 2.7% for those over 50, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
  • Students in the U.S. who receive a so-called 504 designation—which is meant to give people with difficulties such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder a chance to handle the stress of schoolwork at their own pace or with accommodation—more than tripled from 2000 to 2016, according to federal data.
  • Companies are seeing more requests to work from home, have flexible schedules or take unpaid leaves of absence, she said.
  • Even when employees receive accommodations, “new supervisor syndrome” can create instability, said Brian East, senior attorney with Disability Rights Texas. If a manager leaves, for instance, their replacement may bristle when they learn of an accommodation, such as a person’s need to have directions written in an email rather than shouted across a room.

Holy shit. We are so f%cked with this generation. Okay, that was judgmental so I will stop. Listen, in my 30 years in medicine I have NEVER seen so much anxiety as I am seeing in these 20 year olds. It is how they were raised? Is it the “safe space” syndrome? Who knows? I think there is more to it. I believe technology and the addiction to it has changed these kids both behaviorally and physiologically. They spend 7 hours a day looking at their phones. They check it 150 times a day. Eighty percent get up at least once at night to check their phones. Humans have never seen so much blue light at night, continuous EMF, and social media/gaming addictions as we have now. Whatever the cause is, we are headed for a weird and wild ride. Get your kid gloves on and play nice.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “A Whole New World

  1. Pat
    February 15, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    That was judgmental, and dead-ass right on. The frank wimps that I see in daily practice trying to get out of work or whining about the most minor complaints leave me somewhere between numb apathy and contempt. Worse still, the parents that enable and encourage this with iPads for toddlers and speed for teenagers, while big-name universities offer safe spaces for students too traumatized over an election …flip on the tube and there is Queen Latifah hawking for and insurance company, encouraging everyone to share their physical AND emotional problems with their doctors. Where is the self, reliance, the stoicism, the dignity?? These bad currents have been steering crops of med students into conformity, coddling patients instead of inspiring them. Yeah, “f%cked” is the apt term.

    • PW
      February 16, 2020 at 8:29 am

      If these people had to deal with a Great Depression or a major war, they’d be screwed.

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