Depression among students is a critical issue that demands urgent attention. The gravity of this problem magnifies the alarming rise in dropouts from colleges, study breaks, drug addictions, even suicidal attempts among students. As parents and educators, it is essential to be proactive in addressing this crisis through understanding, support, and guidance. Let’s take a look into how to prevent depression in students.
Common Reasons for Depression among Students
Depression among students can be attributed to various factors, and understanding these reasons is the first step in prevention. Here are some common causes:
- High expectations and academic stress can lead to feelings of hopelessness
- Loneliness and a lack of social support can make students vulnerable to depression and suicidal thoughts
- Bullying, whether in person or online, can devastate a student's mental health
- Drug or alcohol abuse can exacerbate depression and increase the risk of suicide
- Relationship problems can be a major source of stress and anxiety for students
- Conflict with their parents, siblings, or friends can make them isolated and alone
- Economic constraints and worries about the future can take a toll on a student's mental health
- Traumatic events during childhood, like physical or emotional abuse or loss of a parent increase the risk of depression
- Mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder can trigger depression
- Having certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or being overly dependent, self-critical, or pessimistic is a reason for depression.