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Playtime prescribed to boost millennial kids' mental health - psychology study

15 January 2019 9:58 AM
Tags:
Depression and suicide
#Depression
Stress among millennials

Educational psychologist Dr Shirley Kokot says playtime is important for adolescents to deal with stress and depression.

A study by the psychology department at Texas State University has discovered that a lot of millennials are struggling with depression.

Dr Shirley Kokot talks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about how millennials caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle make themselves vulnerable to mental illness and depression.

She says millennials have to juggle technology and all the expectations of being 'a better generation', expected to read from the age of five.

You go into school and far from being allowed to play, you are sitting at that desk and you are told to learn all these things, spreadsheets, then go home and do three hours of homework.

Dr Shirley Kokot, Integrated Learning Therapy educational psychologist

It's a fast-paced world in that with all these technologies, peer pressure having to worry about who's got what... It comes from every angle.

Dr Shirley Kokot, Integrated Learning Therapy educational psychologist

Kokot says children should have a lot of time to play because that is the one thing that can help in dealing with stress.

Adolescents should have a lot of time to chill. It doesn't help to have every second of your life filled with school, homework and extramural activities.

Dr Shirley Kokot, Integrated Learning Therapy educational psychologist

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


15 January 2019 9:58 AM
Tags:
Depression and suicide
#Depression
Stress among millennials

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