With growing dependency over electronic devices, most people have got used to the way of communicating via messaging or video calls. But, over a period, some people have developed depression due to this. Currently, the number of individuals experiencing mental problems is on the rise and this is characterized on the way certain people act, think and feel about. Moreover, the cause for certain kinds of mental diseases are unknown, but with more years to come, we may have the answers to all those mental illnesses.
In terms of today’s teenagers, digitization has taken over all of our lives and as a result, this has made us depend on it. For instance, we would never be away from our mobile phones nor do we forget to carry them wherever we go. This is the sort of dependency that we have been through since the last 20 years. Mobile phones usage has been linked to depression among teenagers, as they tend to depend on this for many things.
Currently, we are living in the digital era where we have learnt to make things better by inventing new technology. This has made things easier but at the same time, our reliance on it has been very strong to an extent that we are more prone to developing some below-listed mental diseases.
10 Common Mental Diseases That You Can Be Prone To:
Mankind has been evolving since the time we ever came into existence and as a result, this has changed our lives more drastically. But you need to understand that this has many disadvantages and can cause psychological problems that can affect the way you think act and feel in society. Here are some common mental diseases that teenagers of today’s world are prone to suffering from.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear of assuming something that could happen. This is something very common that everyone goes through, but it also depends on the situation which makes you scared. For example, some women may get scared of getting raped for wearing certain kinds of clothes.
Another common example is going to school on the very first day and fills you with nervousness. Anxiety is something common, but it can turn into phobia which is extreme fear in something that may take place in the future. To know if your child is suffering from anxiety, your child may tend to throw out some of these symptoms.
- Breathing fast.
- Increase in your heart rate.
- Restlessness and trouble concentrating.
- Trouble falling asleep.
Note: If you feel that your fears have progressed for over 6 months and that you are unable to deal with any of it, you may have an anxiety disorder and you will require medical help.
This is a mental illness that is marked by massive changes in your mood, something that is similar to mood swings. One prominent symptom of a person suffering from bipolar disorder is that the person may have different characters that can lead to mania. Individuals suffering from such as disease is said to develop bipolar disorder attacks suddenly and episodes of depression.
A person suffering from this disease will have the problem of communicating normally in society. This would put them in a condition to seek medical treatment at the earliest. There is no cure for this mental illness, but there are treatments that can help manage this disease.
Dementia is a chronic condition wherein all other symptoms can affect your memory and thereby impacts the way you socialize and think in society. In simple term, this has many external influences that are enough to affect the way you go about yourself in your everyday life. Teenagers are prone to developing this mental disease due to many reasons.
However, one of the most striking symptoms of dementia is that it is memory loss. But this does not mean that if you have memory loss you are suffering from dementia. Dementia can be detected when you develop Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, dementia can happen due to drug abuse, Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions such as HIV and Parkinson’s disease.
This is something that most people face overtime surrounding factors that make them seem very depressed and sad most times. A person who is depressed can begin to connect with other situations with something which has no connection with the problem. Extreme forms of depression lead to suicidal thought such that the person begins to connect something that has no relevance or link to a given cause.
However, most teens are prone to depression due to technology and other peer pressures that can trigger an off mindset and understanding about a phenomenon. That is why this is considered a serious mood disorder that can trigger an imbalance of the way a person perceives different events that happen in his/her life.
A doctor may take about two weeks to diagnose a person suffering from depression. This is because the doctor may look at the symptoms of the person and clarify if it were really true or is it that the person is just acting as being deceased.
This is a serious mental illness such that 23 million people worldwide are said to be suffering from it. However, today’s youth have high chances of developing this psychotic problem because of certain factors that can trigger the outbreak. Some of these factors include smoking, doing drugs and demotivation from peers.
This is a chronic mental condition that basically affects the way a person thinks, acts and feels in society. In simple terms, a person suffering from schizophrenia may feel as though they have lost touch with reality. In the extreme form of schizophrenia, people tend to develop hallucinations and become very self-centred events happening to them, or they might find mingling with people very difficult.
In its extreme case, this mental illness is usually treated at home because of the way the deceased person perceives life-like happenings. Today’s teenagers can develop schizophrenia due to many factors or occurrences pertaining to technology and peer pressure. In simple terms, schizophrenia is defined as a state of being emotionally imbalanced.
Panic disorders are a form of anxiety disorder which is defined as an extreme and intense fear of situations or places which a person cannot escape from. For example, a person committing murder would also visualize himself or herself as a person who would never live in jail or if the person has already been to jail, he/she would have immense pressure of not committing a crime and going to jail again.
Thus, individuals with this form of extreme anxiety may face a sudden fear of anything that surrounds them. The individual may also keep the fear inside and get occupied in it.
Well, if you are angry and that you begin eating food aggressively over your anger, then you might be suffering from an eating disorder or medically known as Bulimia, anorexia nervosa and binge eating.
This also leads to other mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety related issues. In fact, eating disorders can be life-threatening if it is left untreated. This usually affects most adolescent women. Some symptoms of an eating disorder are characterized by:
- Consumption of less food
- In extreme causes overeating
- Depressed most often
- Less self-image and confidence
Personality disorders refer to constant mood changes that can be very dangerous for the person suffering as well as society. These mood changes differ from individual to individual based on their degree or severity. Today’s teenagers are more prone to personality disorders during their childhood and as a result, they tend to lose self-confidence in themselves. Some symptoms of personality disorder are no focus, change in appetite, suicidal thoughts and fatigue.
9Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
This usually happens among most teenagers and children, but it gets on the most dangerous form when it is not taken care off. Every child learns to manage roadblocks during their young days, but there are few who tend to continue this for a long time and this leads to ADHD. The adult form cannot be managed and thus the person suffering from it would have to be at home and undergo treatment till he/she gets better.
Anger is good and common for everyone, but it can be dangerous for you as well as your surroundings. Anger can turn into a rage that can lead a person to kill someone or commit suicide. With the sort of education system changing and making us more expressive, children tend to question everything and if they do not get an answer to any of those problems, they tend to get angry.
However, anger can get bad when the person does not learn to have control over it. A person suffering from severe anger may develop certain symptoms such as headaches, increase in blood pressure, sinus and fatigue. However, teenagers are more to developing this mental condition due to numerous reason, depending on how the person perceives a given situation.
Mental diseases are on the rise and since India is a growing country, most people don’t know about their impact on children and their lives. Mobile phones were invented to make people’s lives easier, but there are few who tend to abuse it and get addicted to it.
Technology can be one factor that can cause mental illnesses, but peer pressure and family traits can also affect a child’s upbringing. Here are some frequently asked questions about common mental diseases and how it affects teenagers of today’s world.
1. What age do mental disorders occur?
Most mental disorders do occur during the early 20s. Take for instance, schizophrenia is said to affect teenager between the age group of 18 to 25 and if no medical treatment is taken, it may lead to extreme mental problems that can affect the child’s future. Similarly, bipolar disorder is said to develop in early adulthood.
2. Currently, what is the rate of mental health diseases worldwide?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), currently, the rate of mental disorders have been on the rise. Here are some statistics that the WHO has come with:
- Mental problems are said to affect individuals between the age group of 10 and 19.
- Mental health among the youth constitutes to 16% of the burden faced worldwide.
- Most mental health problems begin by the age of 14, but in most cases, this goes untreated or undetected.
- Depression is the world’s leading mental illness faced by today’s youth.
Note: Thus, mental health has not been addressed or easily spoken about by third world countries and this is because of the type of societies that third world countries have.
3. What is internet addiction disorder?
Internet addiction is said to be extreme usage of the internet or being preoccupied with the internet for more hours. The time of being over the internet is drastically increasing and this mean that youngsters are prone to getting addicted. Imagine telling a person to never touch his/her phone for any reason. It would seem idiotic for one to even think of a rule as such. Such is the level of dependency that the internet and mobile phones have on us. Some of the symptoms of internet addiction disorder is restlessness, increasing time of using the internet and so on.
Internet and technology has made things easy for us, but there are some who tend to abuse it and thereby this leads to uncontrolled mood swings or even mental problems. Depression being the number one mental disorder among the youth has been on massive rise since the dawn of the digital era. All you need to do is to limit your usage of digital screens at time as to when they are required and you can maintain certain amounts of control over your usage. Also, if you have children at home, make it a point to limit giving your phones to them often. This means that you can give them your phone at times when they really need them and parental guidance is required until a particular age.