Depression is at an all-time high. It’s seems to be the norm today and is only growing each day. It can affect any age group but seems to be prominent among the younger generations the most. More and more of our youth these days are just not happy.
Why is this happening? I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on television, but I have a few reasons why depression and terrible mental health keeps rising. These aren’t medically backed by science or anything but here are four plausible reasons I believe our mental health is so poor.
This may be a no-brainer, but it’s true. In today’s world, fast food restaurants and TV dinners are big trends. Just about everything we consume is processed and contains a ridiculous amount of sugar. They’re not only bad for our bodies, they’re bad for our brain.
I’m not saying we all should go on a diet, but there are alternatives out there to consider. Just like your body, your brain needs proper nutrition to function at its best. Try eating a little better for a couple of days and you might start feeling better.
Lack of Purpose
When talking to someone in the younger generation, if asked what wakes them up in the morning, many would say, “I don’t know”. Many of them have little direction, if any at all, in life with no guide to help them through. It’s no wonder they feel alone.
If we want to succeed, we need to set a goal or find a hobby you like and share it with the world. We can help. Success is best defined as progress. If you’re making progress towards a certain goal you have, you’re succeeding in our book.
Lack of Religion
There are a lot of people in this world who have their own success stories. They’ll tell you to not lose hope in the face of adversity. Someone once said that hope is like seeing light, despite being surrounded by darkness. And for many, that hope is in their faith of a higher power.
However, nowadays, we’re taught that it’s silly, or downright ignorant to have faith in any god or afterlife. When we take away this hope, it leaves us striving for nothing. We think this is all there is, a lot of evil and chaos, and it enables us to wonder why we’re here in the first place. And sadly, for many, that means taking their own life. It’s no wonder the suicide rates are rising today.
Regardless of what the statistics say, there is always exceptions to the rule. I do know someone that started believing in God, in light of all the darkness out there. I asked them what caused them to turn and they said that being too much evil in the world and the horrors they had faced, this couldn’t be all there is.
Finally, we come to the internet. Yes, the most convenient thing on the face of the earth. “How can this make people depressed?”, you might ask. Depending on how you use it, it very well could be.
Take the 24-hour news stations. Sure, it’s not a problem to keep up with current events, but much of it is bad news or spun in a negative way. It’s either about natural disasters coming your way or thieves to watch out for in your neighborhood. Very rarely are we presented a good, wholesome stories that make us feel good. Too much of it will have us coming away feeling down in the dumps.
In addition, this doesn’t include the pornography or violence we can consume. These types of things aren’t helping us in everyday life and are not good for our mind at all.
Then there’s social media. Yes, this can connect the world, which is an extremely good thing. This is great for businesses. However, there are a lot of anonymous profiles out there. Sometimes it tough to tell if the person we’re conversing with is really who they say they are. We say things online that we most likely would never say in real life.
And those who are authentic, for most of them, they’re only there for the looks. They only want the “views” and the “likes”. We see them and we want to be like them, so we get caught up comparing ourselves to others when we should be caring about ourselves. This only brings us down and give us a false intimacy mankind needs.
We’re in this together. As I stated, these are just some examples of what I’m talking about. And these aren’t necessarily true for everyone either. I’m just trying to pinpoint where we may have gotten off track so we can get back on together.
To your success,
Kevin is the author of two books available through his website (click here). Kevin is a husband and father, who has a creative mind and seeks to lead others in a better direction.