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The overachieving generation: As millennials strive for perfection, anxiety and depression increase

When he was in eighth grade, Benjamin Cherkasky quit the swim team.

He loved swimming. But he wasn't winning every time, and he felt he should already be an Olympic-like talent.

"I'm not Michael Phelps at swimming, so why am I even on the team?" he remembers thinking.

A therapist who researches perfectionism at Northwestern University's Family Institute, he realized years later what had happened. His perfectionism was creating unrealistic standards, and unable to

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