It goes against what most would think possible — teenagers from wealthy families that have money are successful and active, but they show signs of depression, anxiety and have a higher percentage of substance abuse than peers in a lower socio-economic class.
What Are Depression Triggers?
Mental health expert Madeline Levine believes the pressure on these teens lead to maladjustments, as well as how they’re micromanaged to the point that they never establish an identity of their own and they have no sense of self.
Other kids aspire to have what they have — the gadgets, the nice cars and the latest fashions. Parents who only show love when a teen has achieved something does not result in a mentally healthy individual. Children require unconditional love in order to develop empathy and a positive mindset. In the absence of unconditional love there is emotional instability.
Do Demographics Matter In Regards To Depression?
Regardless of socio-economic status, parents from all demographics can struggle with the degree to which they push their children to succeed — at what point does encouragement become burdensome and destructive?
Some are pushed over the edge. Consider that since the 1950s, teen and preteen suicide has quadrupled and depression and substance abuse have also been on the rise. Pushing children beyond what they’re capable of is part of the problem for these suicide and substance abuse cases.
Children need to develop self-management, a sense of impulse control and build a tolerance for frustration. These attributes develop a person into a successful adult. The problem is that parents are naturally wired to give their children everything they can and will go to the extreme to avoid that behavior. This can have a negative effect on teens and lead to symptoms of depression.
Parents who haven’t developed a warm relationship with their teens are at a loss when it comes time to say “no.” If parents have spent years trying to mold their kids into replicas of themselves, from their interests to values and profession, self-esteem can be affected and teens can become discouraged and depressed because they aren’t meeting expectations.