Materialistic society leads to depression as new companion of the youth

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The world has invested a huge amount of money to develop technology, machines or home appliances, of which gadgets are the latest entry, with just one aim to ease work load and make life easier. It has not been long since society has been enslaved by materialistic stuff as part of daily activities and in return we have lost the sense of human emotions and have turned most of the youth into introverts and people who are devoid of emotions.
Youth is considered the prime time of life, while youth are the actual strength of the nation and the support system for the elders in family. The daily unfolding of events be it for career, personal growth or discovering self potential, are the emotions being challenged every day, making this phase both memorable and risky when it comes to self-formation.

In the past, the traditional joint family structure helped the individual to focus on career; some even from day one on this earth. But the contemporary competitive, career conscious society has forced the youth to grow up faster, and all alone. The competitive world has forced the parents to strive harder in order to provide a sustainable life style of showmanship; in the course of this, the children are left to the company of gadgets, hefty sums of pocket money as compensation for paucity of the parents’ time. As a result, the youth have lost touch with human emotions and feelings, being thrust into the social networking world that has motivated them to achieve whatever they find glamorous in the superficial world.
Unaware and uncaring of the ground realities, having no family member to discuss or consult, it is most common for the youth to slip into depression. The youth are undergoing stress not because they have too much to achieve, it is because they are too lonely having no trusted individual to help ease their anxiety regarding studies, career and personal emotions.
According to experts, it is especially problematic to establish the limits of depressive disorder in young people because of the cognitive and physical changes that take place during this time. Adolescents tend to feel things particularly deeply and marked mood swings are common among the teens. It can be difficult to distinguish these intense emotional reactions from depressive disorders. By contrast, young adolescents do not find it easy to describe how they are feeling and often confuse emotions such as anger and sadness. They have particular difficulty describing certain of the key cognitive symptoms of depression, such as hopelessness and self-denigration.
A few years back, sportswoman turned actress, Deepika Padukone openly spoke about her personal battle with depression. In spite of having everything at her age, the money, name and fame, awards, even being awarded as young achievers, yet she found herself to be sad all the time, not wanting to get up in the morning to face the challenges of the day. She has urged likeminded youth to come out and discuss how depression has turned into the new companion of contemporary youth. Some of the youth had even turned suicidal when they failed to deal with the stress.
A few factors that might lead to stress for youth are lack of competitive zeal, unable to match the expectation of peers, family members and society, lack of fighting spirit once short-cuts and negotiations fail; self-adoration is yet another factor which leads to depression once the individual failed to impress others.
Although it is difficult to pinpoint the factors leading to such depression as it varies from person to person, however a range of effective treatments like psychological and antidepressants, where some just require brief intervention others may require more intensive and lengthy forms of treatment, but more than any medication, counseling and family support is said to be most effective.
The traditional practice of at least having a joint family meal once a week, and talk over the week’s progress will help in bringing back human emotions. One needs to stop being groomed to what the world wants, but to perfect oneself at what one is capable of will be less stressful. It is time to restore to our traditional lifestyle by confining to social fabrics and not global superficial outlook to tackle depression. It is time to once again remind self that humans are social animals and not sci-fi creatures.
It is time for the world to be stronger to say no to all this materialistic society and revert back to human emotions, care and a society with understanding in order to fight depression which are all decaying the society.


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