Depression is on the rise among children and adolescents. According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
ThatMate tries to decipher a few causes for this alarming condition impacting adolescents.
In a world where academic achievement is equated with success, pressure to excel takes a toll on adolescents as they wade the turbulent tides of transition. They are exploring their independence and developing a sense of self – choosing a career path, having a personal style, or deciding on the social groups to associate with. Wanting to fit in and be accepted by peers strongly drives the way they interact with the world. In an effort to manage impressions and engage in ‘trendy’ behaviours, whether or not they like it, they may lose out on their essential personality, creating emotional disturbance in them. Adolescence is a time of blooming romances, heart-wrenching break ups, and unprofessed crushes. The ups and downs that relationships bring in its wake, may sweep away the adolescents’ mental wellness. As they venture outside the comfort of their homes, they are likely to separate from parents – physically and/or socially; possibly creating a communication and ideological gap among them which may subsequently result in guilt and self doubt. In these testing times, adolescents will surely need ThatMate, a trusted friend and guide, who will help them introspect.
Experience of adverse events like parental separation, loss of a trusted sibling or friend, etc. may prompt depressive symptoms. Certain medical conditions or a diagnosis of depression in first degree relatives may also trigger the onset of depression.
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By Asmita D