Young depressed people are cured by giving more work, no more drugs

Depression is not a mental illness

I do not know whether it is an attitude that is part of the “politically correct” galaxy, but I know that more and more it tends to medicalize troubles and events. Everyone must have a medical explanation, and it is a convenient shortcut to the solution: therapeutic.

Depression is particularly affecting women, but there is a male exception: among the depressed, there are 30 percent of young people, predominantly males. It’s not new. The alarm has been launched at least four or five times in the last few years (curiously, always in the summer: depress us under the umbrella), and the diagnosis is always the same: young people from 25 to 34 are depressed because they do not find work, or have a precarious job and underpaid.

It seems to me to be a justified depression, and wanting to be medicated by inserting it into the voices that draw the state of health of the country, it seems to me an unacceptable hypocrisy. Are unemployed people treated with tranquilizers, anxiolytics, and mood-modulators? Certainly, drugs can benefit from anxiety and insomnia that accompany depression, but they do not solve the problem of a generation that does not find its place in life.

Answers cannot be psychiatric and they must be politics. Those who rule must eventually take over the problem of youth unemployment, while one has to stop invoking how the economic crisis eludes. It is an emergency, and we must understand it to the bottom that it must become an absolute priority. If that is not the case, in less than twenty years there will be a whole population of “assisted”, as long as the booming welfare is still there, and the median band of income producers will be skipped, while the acme numeric of the elderly population.

I do not like to do Cassandra and I have never been a catastrophic party, but frankly, I would like to bring the sense of reality back to the youth talk. I am annoyed by the many useless words of sociological investigations; I no longer hold the round tables of experts who feel the ever-later conquest of the independence. It may be that for young people the difficulties come from being children of well-being, but they do not believe in the interpretation that wants them unable to sacrifice and work hard. When I read the many journalistic inquiries that tell how young people try to gain bread, I remain deeply bitter. In particular, it disturbed me months ago a reportage on how you work in one of the abandoned Amazon warehouses, where computer technology has reached the maximum of efficiency and efficiency: at inhumane pace, and immediately left home at the slightest objection. It is difficult to make sense of the future of young people in a world of work now robotized and computerized, where the human resource has more and more limited spaces. Perhaps you have to decide to work less but to work all.

Confidence in the potentiality of the degree has also gone down. So many graduates carry out unqualified jobs, and the only way out seems to have become emigration. If I do not remember badly, over 80,000 have gone abroad over the past year. Among them are physicians, engineers, computer scientists, and scientists. They found a good insertion; they are happy and will not return. It is absolutely necessary to reverse the trend, give young people space. In its small, the Foundation that brings my name chose to devote enthusiastically and energetically to financially support young researchers. It is a due act. Because young people are not depressed, they are abandoned.

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