Maybe you've met someone who is able to achieve success and seems to be enjoying life. However, who would have thought. Behind his success, in fact there is pressure or a myriad of problems that are covered up, so that he always looks fine. Well, this condition is called duck syndrome.
Duck syndrome or duck syndrome was first proposed in Stanford University, United States, to describe the problems of its students.
This term is analogous to a duck swimming as if it were very calm, but its legs struggled to move to keep its body above the surface of the water.
This is associated with a condition in which a person looks calm and fine, but in fact he experiences a lot of pressure and panic in achieving the demands of his life, such as good grades, graduating quickly, or living a stable life, or meeting the expectations of parents and those around him. .
Causes and Symptoms Duck Syndrome
Duck syndrome until now has not been officially recognized as a mental disorder. Generally, this phenomenon is experienced by those who are still young, for example students, students, or workers.
Despite feeling a lot of pressure and stress, some sufferers duck syndrome can still be productive and work well. This may be related to behavior stoicism or fortitude. However, people who experience duck syndrome are also at risk for certain psychiatric problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression.
There are several factors that can increase a person's risk of experiencing duck syndrome, including:
- Academic demands
- Too high expectations from family and friends
- Helicopter parenting
- The influence of social media, for example, is lulled into the idea that other people's lives are more perfect and happier when they see uploads from that person
- Have experienced a traumatic event, such as verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, domestic violence, or the death of a loved one
- Self-esteem The low one
Signs and symptoms duck syndrome unclear and can mimic other mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety disorders.
However, some sufferers of this syndrome will often feel anxious, nervous, mentally depressed, but force themselves to appear fine or happy. In addition, they may also experience frequent insomnia, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.
People who suffer duck syndrome They also tend to like to compare themselves with others and feel that other people's lives are better and more perfect than theirs.
They also have a tendency to think that they are being watched or tested by others and must demonstrate their abilities to the fullest.
How to overcome Duck Syndrome
Duck syndrome It can be caused by many things, from severe stress due to competition in life to mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety disorders. If you just ignore it, duck syndrome has the potential to make sufferers experience severe depression or even have suicidal ideation.
Therefore, people who experience duck syndrome or at high risk of experiencing psychological problems are advised to consult a doctor or psychologist.
If you have been diagnosed with depression or an anxiety disorder, your doctor can treat it duck syndrome providing drugs and psychotherapy.
If you experience duck syndrome, try to seek help and do the following tips to maintain your mental health:
- Do counseling with an academic supervisor or counselor at school or college.
- Recognize your own capacity so that you can work according to your abilities.
- Learn to love yourself.
- Live a healthy lifestyle, namely by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and alcoholic beverages.
- Take the time to do me time or relaxation to reduce stress.
- Change your mindset to be more positive and stop comparing yourself to others.
- Stay away from social media for some time.
Competition in life, for example in terms of academics, business, and work, is an undeniable part of life. However, this does not mean that this should be an excuse for you to neglect your mental health. you know.
Remember that no one is perfect and everyone has their own struggles.
If you feel you are experiencing duck syndrome, especially if you already feel certain psychological symptoms, such as wanting to commit suicide, anxious all the time, can't think clearly, or have trouble sleeping, don't hesitate to consult a psychologist for help.