Data are provided by a research published on the European Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, whereas the alarm has been launched by the WHO (World Health Organization): the number of children and adolescents who are on antidepressants has increased disturbingly. Based on a study conducted between 2005 and 2012 in Europe and US, it shows that on average, the use of this kind of drugs has risen by over 40% among young people. Numbers show that in UK the amount of antidepressants prescribed to minors grew by 54%, by 60% in Denmark, 49% in Germany, 26% in US, and by 17% in the Netherlands. The most significant growth has been registered in the age groups between 10 and 14 years and between 15 and 19 years.
At first glance, it comes natural to attribute these numbers to young generation’s lack of values, poverty of ideals, and general confusion. And on this basis, it comes natural to conclude that it is inevitable to record today the presence of a depressed generation.
Yet, I think we should change our mental frame: young people do not have values, they are not interested, have no prospects or dreams, and reject responsibilities… But who said that they are supposed to have all the above mentioned qualities from the moment they are born? Perhaps, it would be more accurate to think that they should inherit them from the previous generation? Unfortunately, that is not the case. The world spins too fast today for us to stop and talk to them, try to interpret their difficulties, and betrayed expectations. It is too complicated to make ends meet to take care of their soul. Wasted Youth? Yes, but we are the ones who wasted these young people.
We demand from them to grow up fast. I do not mean here that they have to help their families of origin, but that they have to find the tools to grow, educate themselves, and overcome problems on their own. Families are distracted, schools do not have funds, the State is in debt. They are left, abandoned, like the plow amidst the fallow. Sometimes, depression is merely a synonym of solitude.