Health : “Carr-Greg says it’s a step in the right direction but getting adolescents to take responsibility for their own mental health is the biggest hurdle.”
So why are our teenagers so anxious? The article paints a very clear picture. On the outside they are more grown up, but on the inside they are little and vulnerable. A lot of them are over protected and then so not get a chance to try their own judgement. Parents take over schools, medical treatment , health and lifestyle for their young. They supervise activities, nutrition, friendships and educative processes. The children don’t launch themselves and learn to make their own conversations and directions. A lot of them have body image and performance worries. Living up to whose standards? These children are also influenced by the media and have watched shows and films which may make them grow up too soon. These children cannot safely play on the street or go off on their own. They live in times where there are so many predators. They do not get a chance to grow slowly and look back on their achievements. They have a to do list and goals to accomplish. I am sure there are all sorts of reasons for the pressure on young people. They are rather pushed along in the fast lane and have to justify a lot of what they do. Each generation grows into something. These kids are compassionate and understanding. Their anxiety may become the driving force towards the achievements for their generation. It is important they are not burnt out and damaged along the way. Given our production oriented lifestyle, how will we do that? We don’t have slow lazy days where you can just learn to be yourself. Are they more anxious than previous generations? More anxious than people who grew up in the war years or during the Depression? We are more alert to personalities breaking down. That may be the learning curve we are currently undertaking and tends to suggest we’ll develop ways and means of dealing with these things.