it might be a question of illness or other types of disorder (attention deficit, dyslexia etc) getting identified quicker or named where before a kid was just deemed disruptive or "a bad kid", or withdrawn, introverted, etc
and doctors possibly being quicker to prescribe drugs as a solution
at the same time, kids do seem to be a lot more anxious about everything
i mean, i remember being worried, nervous, cripplingly shy etc as a teenager - it's a traumatic time - but not to the point of dysfunction or self-harm.
but that kind of thing - self-harm, suicide attempts (and the odd actual suicide), kids seeing therapists etc - seems to be rife among the age group of my kids.
again perhaps it's something to do with the helicopter-style over-parenting that both makes kids less able to cope by themselves, but also encourages parents to fret, cough up money for therapy, etc
but i don't think it's entirely that - it's the culture, it's phones and social media, it's the lack of positive images of the future, ambient fear
well my generation had the nuclear bomb - and already in the 1970s worries about overpopulation, resources depletion, pollution, etc
but it all seems a lot more urgent and imminent, the impending cataclysm
"Scientifically speaking, anxiety and excitement have a lot in common.
The racing heart, stomach butterflies, and sweaty palms we feel when anxiety hits are physical symptoms of nervous system activation, also known as the fight-or-flight response.
Here’s the science behind it: when our brains detect a threat, our nervous system triggers physical symptoms in an effort to keep us safe. Our hearts race so we can run from danger, our stomachs feel queasy because our bodies are slowing down digestion, and our palms sweat in an attempt to keep us cool."
Tension is one of the most important ingredients in the musical cookbook.
Makes me wonder (I'll be shot down for this but it's a sort of thought experiment) if, in the comparatively safe and dull West, anxiety is being generated in lieu of excitement.
24/7 entertainment in theory should mean 0 boredom. But in practice perhaps it means a different sort of boredom.