Jamshedpur, May 17 : An increasing number of young people are today falling prey to the diseases that were earlier considered the bane of the elderly. Hypertension is one such disease which is the major concern of the society today. As the city observed World Hypertension Day ( May 17) on Thursday, experts opined that modern stressful lifestyle is the prime reason for increasing ailments.
“A hectic lifestyle that causes stress plays a major role in responding all the diseases whether it is diabetes or brain stroke. Both mental as well as physical stress are responsible for the early onset(in 30s and even 20s) of the diseases which were earlier considered the diseases of the elderly,” said Dr U K Srivastava.
He said that a number of psychological problems such as depression and anxiety are also becoming common in the age group of 20 to 40 years. The pressure to perform on the professional front, insecure relationships, pressure to meet the increasing expenses of maintaining a hi-fi lifestyle, etc cause a lot of mental turmoil among the young.
‘The mental disorders occur due to a combination of bio-psycho-socio factors. The biological factor no doubt is the key factor behind all the psychological diseases and psychological and social factors which are directly related to the lifestyle of person also play a major role in it,” said another expert. He further advised that with a balanced diet, regular physical activities, and some peace of mind, one can surely overcome depression.
DrMahabir Ram, founder of Jeevan, a city-based suicide prevention centre, said that stress is the major concern of the society. The pressure to perform well in life is leading people towards stress. Stress leads to depression and that ultimate result in suicide.
“A hectic lifestyle that causes stress plays a major role in responding all the diseases whether it is diabetes or brain stroke. Both mental as well as physical stress is responsible for the early onset of the diseases. One must consult a psychiatric on time,” noted Dr Ram.
He said that said that the centre has come across a table containing 25 questions. If one answers the questions honestly and evaluates the total score obtained, he can know his depression level. The table has been reproduced for public welfare from the famous book, Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns. This will also clear your doubts, if any in this regard he added.
“I think we need to change our perceptive about education. The students are taught only about bookish knowledge and not about the values and moral lessons. Example engineering students are taught much about engines, motion and conservation of fuel but nothing about the person driving the engine. Similarly, everyone talks about self-respect, self-control but nothing is taught about knowing the self,” said DrJeoraj Jain, director, Jeevan, Jamshedpur, stressing among the students to look within and try to know themselves by practising meditation regularly.