Depression: What they are not telling you

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The modern civilized world has managed to produce a generation of young people with mental disorders. It is true that the lifestyle of young people has changed drastically in the recent times and they are engaging in smoking, alcoholism and drug-taking and the society seems not bothered by such behaviors. Where is the society that emphasized on morality and in which the young people found role models? The devil is surely working very hard to ensure humanity is lost.

dpThe devil knows he can’t achieve his goals if people are energetic, mentally sound and faithfully following God’s word. There is a solid proof that the young people are at the brink of a mental-health crisis. It is as if, rather than acting out, young people are turning in on themselves. The reality is that, in the effort to fit and be accepted by their peers, young people have found themselves in a battle to meet the modern world’s standards that if not achieved in the end, may lead to the mental disorder.

Depression may result due to hopelessness, feeling isolated and not cared for, unemployment, relationship problems, passivity and fear of what may happen as a result of certain occurrences in our lives. On the contrary, if we choose to ignore the “societal oppression”, and lead a life full of energy, and hope, depression would just be a dream. It is no doubt that the developed countries are leading the world with respect to a generation of physical, mental and behavioral crisis.

It is predicted that by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass the prevalence of all diseases worldwide. Cases of depression among the young people has increased by about 75%in the past 25 years. The number and teenagers and children with a psychiatric condition has doubled since 2009, and in turn the number of hospitals dealing with the condition have also increased. It is quite a challenge for parents and teachers: an epidemic of young people at odds with the civilized world around them. Our current state of society is hardly a reflection of the one our forefathers created and hoped for.

girl sits in depression on floor near the wall

When these young people’s mental health is discussed, there arises a lot of hand-wringing about the lack of early counselling and inadequate clinical support- which is fair enough, because until recently child and adolescent mental health services received little or no support from the national government. But perhaps the more interesting question is: why is there a depression crisis in the first place? With celebs opening up about their own mental disorders, there is much greater awareness than there used to be and corresponding less stigma, making it easier for teenagers to accept themselves.

But even with the awareness, pretty much everyone agrees that something very disturbing is happening. Depression can feel like a personal condemnation to parents or guardians. Sometimes, young people are reluctant to talk to their parents or even friends who might be slow to respond, despite the fact that immediate intervention is important to recovery. Therefore, there is no point parents blaming themselves as depression is caused by a combination of factors which can strike anywhere and anytime, there is no guarantee of anything.

Despite the fact that currently there are interventions to deal with depression, we should question ourselves if there is something wrong with our lifestyles. Depression and unhappiness are concentrated in highly unequal societies. Research has found out that exams are one of the major factors triggering mental disorder in young people as schools have created the impression that the tests will determine their destiny. And parents in turn pressurize the children to maximize their accomplishments, seeing them as an indication of their own value.

Young man sitting looking upset

We are educating young people for a world that is unlikely to exist in 20 years’ time and, arguably, not equipping them with the skills they need for the one that will. And then there’s the internet, which has grown up at the same time as the explosion in teen mental illness, and is often seen as part of the problem, with cyber-bullying and worries about body image (created partly by selfie culture) often cited as triggers. Technology has played a vital role in increasing mental problems and its effects are noticeable in the changes, mostly small but cumulative, in our moods, feelings and mannerisms.

Just look at the increasing cases of suicide cases related to depression! In essence, what scientists are not really telling is that a lifestyle changes will help mitigate cases of depression. Encouraging the young people to explore their talents and do things that really matter in life, rather than pressurizing them to perform in school. As a society, turning back to God will be the beginning of a journey free of depression. It will be the beginning of a happy society.

Is civilization having a positive impact on the lives of young people? Are our children equipped for the future?

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