Mental health in Movember lets look at the young adolescent mental illness.
Kids and gizmos are very complex relationship. one hand it is essential for communication and learning on the other it causes a disconnect and addiction. A 2016 report says that 50% of kids feel addicted to the device.
Frontiers in psychiatry does not define smart phone as addiction, but however evaluates it on the spectrum of addiction and the finding were
- Using the device in prohibited or dangerous contexts.
- Being involved with the device enough to withdraw from the family.
- Negative impact on school, family, social and emotional functioning.
- Continuous excess use despite negative effects.
- Constant checking of the phone despite of it disturbing sleep.
- Using of phones gives satisfaction or counteracts dysphonic moods.
- Constant needs to respond to messages and alerts.
- Anxiety when phone is not accessible or cannot be used.
The use of phone is not only essential it is also quite healthy. However there should be an educated understanding of the responsibility and a plan to set boundaries.
I phones, tablets, laptops should removed from the bedroom to allow restful sleep.
Screen free time zone should be set in parents are to follow the rules too. However if more that 50% of the above holds true then one could use an app called breakfree, or opt for CBT to deal with the addiction.
Mental health is an growing concern in Male wellness, this is on the increase both in young adults and in men over 50. Among the young adult male concerns often seen are
- Anxiety disorder 32% in 13-18yr. Range.
- Depression 13% in 12 -17 yr. Range.
- ADHD 9% age group 13-18yrs.
- Eating disorder is seen in almost 33.33% 13-18yrs.
FOMO: It is social anxiety fear of wrong decisions. In 1996 Dan Herman aggregated the symptoms and noted that increase in social media addiction seems to be the cause of this disorder which is essentially the fear of not being included. This arises from the social media tag lines of “don’t be left behind.” The basic issue here is anxiety and low self esteem.
Self harm is another major adolescent issue. It is the 2nd leading cause between 15-24yr olds. It more in kids who have been in accidents or have a lost a parent.
Borderline Personality Disorder is another rising concern. You might be given a diagnosis of BPD if you experience at least five of the following things, and they’ve lasted for a long time or have a big impact on your daily life:
- You feel very worried about people abandoning you, and would do anything to stop that happening.
- You havevery intense emotions that last from a few hours to a few days and can change quickly (for example, from feeling very happy and confident to suddenly feeling low and sad).
- Youdon’t have a strong sense of who you are, and it can change significantly depending on who you’re with.
- You find it very hard to make and keep stable relationships.
- Youfeel empty a lot of the time.
- You act impulsively and do things that could harm you (such as binge eating, using drugsor driving dangerously).
- You often self-harm or have suicidal feelings.
- You have very intense feelings of anger, which are really difficult to control.
- When very stressed, you may also experience paranoiaor dissociation.