Indicators of despair rising among Gen X-ers entering middle age

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Indicators of despair — depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse — are rising among Americans in their late 30s and early 40s across most demographic groups, according to new research. These findings suggest that the increase in ‘deaths of despair’ observed among low-educated middle-aged white Baby Boomers in recent studies may begin to impact the youngest members of Generation X more broadly in the years to come.

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