Depression and anxiety affects young students

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2012, 12:00am


Many local parents think that getting children to learn different kinds of skills early is a great way for them to excel. However, according to a survey on the mental health of teenagers, 33 per cent of students are depressed while 47 per cent show signs of anxiety.

The survey, which interviewed 1,500 students aged 12 to 17 from 10 local secondary schools, was conducted from July to December last year by Golin Harris International. The data collected was analysed by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong.

A student named Law, who took the Diploma of Secondary Education this year, said he lost sleep due to exam pressure. 'I could not sleep until three or four in the morning. I would ask myself, 'Why go to bed so early? Revise a few more pages',' he said.

Professor Justin Wu Che-yuen, from the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, noted that the mental health of youths should be a concern. Increasingly, he said, primary school students are suffering from depression. 'Students in Primary Five and Six have stomach problems and other signs of depression or anxiety. The pressure on them is huge ... If they have signs of depression, they should seek professional help as soon as possible.'