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Unemployment ,stress and mental disorders among young people


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:25 Written by LEEWARD MUGOVHA Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:22

In a country that is characterised by high unemployment especially among young people, financial stress has contributed significantly to low self-esteem among the young generation. 

 A closer look at the effects of unemployment reveals that most of the young people who are unemployed have a dysfunctional home life, low self-esteem and ultimately this leads to a poor state of mind. As youths become desperate citizens without a source of livelihood, they indulge in all sorts of poor lifestyle choices among them, alcohol and drug abuse.


The scourge of alcohol and drug abuse among youth


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:27 Written by Elton Gono Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:21

The current upsurge of drug and alcohol abuse among youth in Zimbabwe is a cause for concern for all. Last month, the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s Department of Mental Health indicated that 135 drug-induced psychosis admissions were recorded at Harare Hospital in 2013, with 865 outpatients documented in the same year. Psychosis is an experience of mental disorders like hallucinations and seeing distorted mental pictures and addiction.  Drugs commonly used by youth in Zimbabwe include heroin, cannabis, histalix and other cough mixtures, especially broncleer (commonly known as bronco), which is used as a relaxation drug.

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