By J. B. Fagoyinbo
Anxiety is the most common symptom of patients seeing a psychiatrist or a psychologist. A high proportion of the youth today is believed to have an anxiety disorder; about the same proportion have depression which often accompanies anxiety.
In the youth anxiety develops from the thought of: (i) what to do after graduation from college; (ii) how to raise funds for business; (iii) which business to invest in; (iv) which location within or outside his environment, local government, state the country, etc. to settle in; etc. Anxiety becomes increasingly pronounced as the youth’s age at graduation; more importantly, if the individual comes from a home that places expectation upon him. Possibly he’s been trained to assist in training his younger ones.
Even youth from wealthy homes are not left out. Many responsible ones among them want to be self-sufficient as early as possible. A young man of 24 once told his parents in the beginning of his final year “Dad and mom, I appreciate what you’ve done for us. I just want to plead with you that immediately after graduation I want to thenceforth fend for myself.”