It’s not always easy being a person living in a very challenging world. As people are developing and moving forward to materialistic conveniences, the body is growing, going through changes, and sometimes the changing hormones are going off the charts.
Youths in this 21st century, unlike millennials, they focused more on the hardship in the tangible struggles like working hard to put food on the table, literally for survival. Generation Z (Gen-Z), on the other hand, has moved up the hierarchy of needs. They now tend to focus more on Esteem needs in terms of finding the meaning of life, getting validation from everyone, and the feeling of accomplishment from what they do. Therefore, the struggles have shifted from tangibles to more psychological ones. With a comparative and competitive environment on social media, it gives a huge pressure on mental health. Some teens are living picture-perfect life online despite reality which causes endless comparisons with others so that they can also feel validated. So, when the outcome is not like their expectations, they get overwhelmed or have less interest in activities they once enjoyed. If they take it lightly without finding solutions or being aware of what they are feeling, Generation Z is more vulnerable to depression than any other age group.
As it has been said, teenagers in this generation have higher rates of depression and mental issues than previous generations. Hence, they should seek guidance from mental health specialists, who can point them in the direction of depression treatment options. However, life is just like a marathon. We make our accomplishments at our own pace. So, take it easy and enjoy.
by Keopichnearyrath Nhim