- Many feel unappreciated and dissatisfied at home and
work and many others think that life is passing them by. One in five people
often worry about becoming seriously mentally ill. The gloom-laden state
of Britons' emotions is highlighted in a survey by a medical web site,
which found that a quarter of the population saw no hope for the future.
- The young, often seen as carefree, are also tormented
by worry, with many concerned about school work and nearly two-thirds of
girls aged between 10 and 15 fretting about their weight. Nearly one in
five girls said they had skipped breakfast the morning they were questioned
in a separate survey by the Schools Health Education Unit.
- Many 14- and 15-year-olds of both sexes think they need
to lose weight, but only 13 per cent are clinically overweight. Appearance
is the major concern for teenage girls. By the time they reach 15, half
of all girls are concerned about the way they look, compared with 21 per
cent of boys. More than a quarter of boys aged 15 said they would like
to lose some pounds.
- One in four boys doing their first year of GCSEs said
they worried about work, compared with 15 per cent of 10- and 11-year-olds.
Girls are even more troubled, with the percentage saying that school work
is a problem, rising to 36 per cent between the ages of 11 and 15. The
education unit said there had been a "marked rise" in worry about
schooling over the past four years, which may reflect the increasing pressure
young people are under to do well in exams.
- For the third year running, the education unit found
that fewer young people admitted to having taken cannabis. The web site
survey found that not all was doom and gloom in the matter of emotions.
Its findings showed that the happiest section of the population was likely
to be single. Almost 3.5 million people aged 25 to 44 have no steady relationship,
but they do not conform to the picture often painted of sad and lonely
types. Nine out of 10 said they loved the single life.
- Christine Webber, the psychotherapist who carried out
the survey, said: "Sadly, it comes as no surprise to me that so many
people are unhappy at home and work. It seems that people's lives do not
live up to their extremely high expectations."
- She said: "It is particularly worrying to see so
many people dwelling on morbid thoughts, with a large proportion just plainly
exhausted by life." One in four people said they were unhappy in their
jobs, while one in three felt exhausted, unappreciated or underpaid. In
relationships, a quarter of respondents were dissatisfied with their sex
- Ten per cent of men said they were emotionally, verbally
or physically abused by their wives or girlfriends. For women the figure
was six per cent. But when asked whether it was possible to be happy outside
a relationship, three times as many men as women said no.
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