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    for under 18s - I would say:

    - life that is ever more removed from anything natural
    - less structure/rigor then in the past
    - increased awareness leading to increases in correct diagnosis and also misdiagnosis.

    I do think that we are asking so much of our young people today that is so far removed from anything that previously would have been thought of as a natural young life. Statistically far far less young people play outside, far less walk to school, far more use technology as a primary way of communicating, etc. I do think for young people this is not having a positive effect on their mental health.

    Take for example tumblr - I dont think this is good for young peoples mental health. I have had friends who were a little moody/sad before.. but then they joined the mental health communities on tumblr, and within a few months they had multiple self-diagnosed conditions, were minorly self-harming, and were sure that their life was over and they were suffering from huge disabilities. (years later now in our late 20s, they all lead normal lives and don't want to talk much about those days...) In the past that wouldn't have existed, they would have been out playing with a few friends in a wood or a street corner filling their life with simple past times more suited for young people. The most similar you could have got in the 70s-80s was writing to a magazine agony aunt.

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    For young adults: (18-30)

    The near complete destruction of what was considered staples of growing up and progressing.

    stable employment for life - good luck.
    Housing before your nearly 30? if your lucky..
    Kids before your 30? on average not..
    Marriage? less and less people get married every year..

    The big staples of life that have been set for hundreds of years in this country are erroding. More and more young people are unmaried, not having kids until much later, are not able to buy their own house, and earn less money in less stable employments then their parents.

    There is every reason why many of them would feel disillusioned and may end up depressed.
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    (Original post by Godofdestruction)
    I didn't think the increased reliance on tech could be a additional cause of depression but in a world where you can determine your worth by who like what on instagram it makes an unfortunate bit of sense. Thank you
    I would actually say technology has had an impact on it. When I was in primary school no one even had a phone and people had to rely on actual face to face communication a lot of the time. Now there's kids on their smartphones ALL THE TIME watching stuff online or talking online rather than face to face, when I was in primary and secondary school during summer there were always kids out around where I used to live, when I went back for summer this year and knowing from living there the year before there were none minus the annoying chavs who like to go into town and piss people off. Also YT has taken a very high climb in recent years, when I was a kid it was just random stuff like the first ASDF movie and other weird videos, now there's these YTers who post so many videos that they are fans of and would rather do this than actually socialise. Also as you said the whole determining your worth on social media is ****ing stupid and is just depressing.

    Not saying that technology is the sole cause, our views have also changed over time resulting in people becoming softer in a certain sense.
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    (Original post by fallen_acorns)
    for under 18s - I would say:

    - life that is ever more removed from anything natural
    - less structure/rigor then in the past
    - increased awareness leading to increases in correct diagnosis and also misdiagnosis.

    I do think that we are asking so much of our young people today that is so far removed from anything that previously would have been thought of as a natural young life. Statistically far far less young people play outside, far less walk to school, far more use technology as a primary way of communicating, etc. I do think for young people this is not having a positive effect on their mental health.

    Take for example tumblr - I dont think this is good for young peoples mental health. I have had friends who were a little moody/sad before.. but then they joined the mental health communities on tumblr, and within a few months they had multiple self-diagnosed conditions, were minorly self-harming, and were sure that their life was over and they were suffering from huge disabilities. (years later now in our late 20s, they all lead normal lives and don't want to talk much about those days...) In the past that wouldn't have existed, they would have been out playing with a few friends in a wood or a street corner filling their life with simple past times more suited for young people. The most similar you could have got in the 70s-80s was writing to a magazine agony aunt.

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    For young adults: (18-30)

    The near complete destruction of what was considered staples of growing up and progressing.

    stable employment for life - good luck.
    Housing before your nearly 30? if your lucky..
    Kids before your 30? on average not..
    Marriage? less and less people get married every year..

    The big staples of life that have been set for hundreds of years in this country are erroding. More and more young people are unmaried, not having kids until much later, are not able to buy their own house, and earn less money in less stable employments then their parents.

    There is every reason why many of them would feel disillusioned and may end up depressed.
    This is absolutely spot on and is exactly what I meant by overeliance on technology and bleak future!
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    I sometimes wonder if I could be classed as depressed because I feel down quite often, mainly because of my father. I feel immense pressure to be successful, all the while it becoming more and more impossible to be successful. All the demands of uni, struggles getting a job, getting a place to live etc. A-Levels have screwed me up, because at the start of year 12 I had so much motivation to achieve and succeed, but now that I've started uni I have no motivation and I'm just not sure what I want to do now. A-Levels got me so stressed and worked up that it's put me off trying to achieve things because in my opinion it isn't worth the effort. Sure I felt good on results day when I got into uni, but now reality has sunk in and I don't see the point. I'm also in a long-distance relationship that my father hates so he's giving me grief about that.
    I suspect this'll be me in 2 years time. I was elated on GCSE results day but now I've got A Levels that has waned off.
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    I suspect this'll be me in 2 years time. I was elated on GCSE results day but now I've got A Levels that has waned off.
    I've always been a high achiever. Apparently ever since I started school all my parent teacher evenings were really good and I was doing my work to a standard higher than expected. I got good GCSEs and A-Levels so everyone always expects me to do really well, especially my dad. I've been struggling since the start of year 12. I got a D in my AS Geography and when I told my dad he said "what's happened to you" and was pretty disappointed. I think that's why I'm feeling depressed because I can't live up to these expectations to do really well. I'm worried I won't get a 1st in this degree I'm doing because of how I'm feeling. I hate disappointing people so I'm feeling very pressured.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    I've always been a high achiever. Apparently ever since I started school all my parent teacher evenings were really good and I was doing my work to a standard higher than expected. I got good GCSEs and A-Levels so everyone always expects me to do really well, especially my dad. I've been struggling since the start of year 12. I got a D in my AS Geography and when I told my dad he said "what's happened to you" and was pretty disappointed. I think that's why I'm feeling depressed because I can't live up to these expectations to do really well. I'm worried I won't get a 1st in this degree I'm doing because of how I'm feeling. I hate disappointing people so I'm feeling very pressured.
    Yea... I got 10 A*'s and 3 A's at GCSE but my first few tests this year have gone poorly... they're all around the 50-60% mark... but I suspect that'll improve fairly soon as I start doing proper revision. However, I've been a high achiever in the final exams and not throughout the year... because I tend to do all of my revision in the months before the exam and don't read up too much in between. I got poor results in my Electronics, Language and Maths GCSE mocks but aced them at the final exams. I dislike the A-level system where your grades are partly based on your annual performance... but I'm confident I'll get the ones I need as I will definitely work to improve my grades this year... October half term grades won't be rosy though.
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    Very good question.

    I used to have depression and I still have terrible anxieties, I don't leave the house unless I really need to and I was becoming a danger when driving so had to give it up.

    As to why that is a good question. My ideas will put it down to some of the following.

    • Horribly competitive job market - makes me feel worthless when I can't get a job
    • Too much expected from us by a lot of people
    • Not enough time to relax, work is far too demanding when you do get a job
    • Just normal life is far too stressful now that things are so modern!
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    Living in Western societies where everything is handed to you.
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    The Tories have destroyed young people's futures. You can get depressed just thinking about it lol.

    Obviously it doesn't apply to Tory children though since their parents can pay for everything and get them a job etc.
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    (Original post by ChickenMadness)
    The Tories have destroyed young people's futures. You can get depressed just thinking about it lol.

    Obviously it doesn't apply to Tory children though since their parents can pay for everything and get them a job etc.
    I dunno about them Tory children. They can't hunt foxes properly so maybe that gets them down.
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    (Original post by Guru Jason)
    I dunno about them Tory children. They can't hunt foxes properly so maybe that gets them down.
    Nah I saw in some news articles that members of the Tory youth groups from universities are still burning £20 notes in front of homeless people. So they've got a lot of fun activities to cheer themselves up with.
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    (Original post by Vikingninja)
    I would actually say technology has had an impact on it. When I was in primary school no one even had a phone and people had to rely on actual face to face communication a lot of the time. Now there's kids on their smartphones ALL THE TIME watching stuff online or talking online rather than face to face, when I was in primary and secondary school during summer there were always kids out around where I used to live, when I went back for summer this year and knowing from living there the year before there were none minus the annoying chavs who like to go into town and piss people off. Also YT has taken a very high climb in recent years, when I was a kid it was just random stuff like the first ASDF movie and other weird videos, now there's these YTers who post so many videos that they are fans of and would rather do this than actually socialise. Also as you said the whole determining your worth on social media is ****ing stupid and is just depressing.

    Not saying that technology is the sole cause, our views have also changed over time resulting in people becoming softer in a certain sense.
    Wow i've never considered tech to be a contributing factor to something this big. Thanks a lot I only thought it would've been pressures from the real world but the increased reliance on tech and social media by extension seems to have had a really big impact.
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    i am listening to you regarding the loss of motivation and interest which definitely indicates you have depression. please act fast and speak to a counsellor at university or a helpline for those feeling lonely, anxious or depressed. these helplines are on during the night and 24 hours a day. find out frim student guidance the number before you go on and work starts slipping along with your interest and you go on a downward spiral you just need to talk to someone. God bless you.
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    (Original post by ChickenMadness)
    Nah I saw in some news articles that members of the Tory youth groups from universities are still burning £20 notes in front of homeless people. So they've got a lot of fun activities to cheer themselves up with.
    well back in the day it used to be £50 notes so the recession really must've hit those poor souls hard
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    (Original post by Nebuchadnezzaṛ)
    Living in Western societies where everything is handed to you.
    Most Realist comment on the whole TSR ngl
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    Guys if it helps when you're feeling bad particularly in the stomach do these:
    - hold your breath for as long as possible. Take note of what your thinking when you can barely hold on and let me know.
    - take a cold/freezing shower and again take not of what you're thinking at that particular moment.

    Both scenarios should result in similar or the same thoughts
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    if your feeling depressed please contact a helpline there are many of them. its good to talk to someone who can listen and help you think your problem through. childline is just one of these services who operate 24/7 No problem is so great it cant be solved.
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    sunny D now tastes different now it's not in the cartons
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    (Original post by Guru Jason)
    Because it's hip/trendy thing to say you have it. My guess and it's only a guess, is that a large minority of teens who say they are depressed actually arent but are attention seekers. Unfortunately this detracts from real depression cases and wastes valuable resources in helping those who truly need it.
    very true, people don't admit it in 95% of cases or so.
 
 
 
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