Why is depression becoming increasingly common among Pakistani teens?

Not only adults, teens are victims of depression as well. We often see changes in their moods. We ignore it because we have a mindset that depression is not for teens, which is a very wrong concept and sometimes dangerous as well, because it may lead them to suicide.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, children of the age group 12-19 years are sliding towards depression and 24% have committed suicide.

We often observe poor eating habits, lack of sleep, hopelessness, low energy, less interest in activities which were all time favorite, low self-esteem, poor concentration, less communication with friends, mental absence, anger, dissatisfaction, etc. These are the basic signs or symptoms of depression among teens.

Teens are, most of the time, stressed or depressed because of academic pressure. Their parents pressurize them to get good grades and get top positions in their class. How can a child study and get good grades with this pressure on his mind? A child needs a relaxed brain and a comfortable environment to study. This burden simply drags him into the dark well of depression, where he finds no way out and most of the time, we see different cases that a child commits suicide because he failed his exam. This is what happens when the finals result of the board exams in Pakistan is out – the next day we read in the newspaper that many children have committed suicide because of their bad grades.

When things go wrong at school or against their will, our teens feel that life is unfair and they lose hope very easily. Disappointment triggers them severely. They always feel stressed out, and it creates negativity in their minds towards life.

Another problem the children face is social anxiety. In today’s era, social interaction is important for teens. Popularity is important to them and lacking it means stress for them. They make friends to get popular and sometimes face peer pressure of smoking, which is very dangerous for teens. There are other similar behavioral experiments which can be traumatic for them, because they are afraid of damaging their reputation through refusal.

Sometimes family issues, such as financial problems, fights between parents etc, also trigger teen depression. Sometimes a child has everything he needs or desires but it is not enough. He also requires parental attention, love and care. The lack of parental attention on either level can lead to feelings of depression.

The death of a loved one, abuse or other traumatic events, can also be a reason of teen depression. It is very important for a child suffering from any of the traumatic event because the aftermath could be very dangerous.

We see many teens having relationships in their school life, which is very common nowadays. We all know that these relationships are temporary, but a few of the teens take it very seriously and after their breakup they feel that their lives are finished because they expected so much. From breakups to unrequited affection, there are a glut of ways in which budding love lives can cause teens to become depressed.

Extreme usage of social media can lead to teen depression, according to a new study. According to the  journal Computers in Human Behavior, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health (CRMTH)  say that the use of multiple social media platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among teens.

Parents must have a check on their children and give some space and friendly environment to their children so that they could easily communicate with them and share their problems and worries. If they have found such type of symptoms mentioned above, then they must consult a psychiatrist for their children because taking these issues lightly will lead to dangerous aftermaths. When teens are depressed, they have a tough time believing that their outlook can improve. But professional treatment can have a dramatic impact on their lives and it can put them back on track and bring them hope for the future.

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