What is Duck Syndrome?
Duck syndrome is a condition in which a person appears calm and fine, but in fact, he experiences a lot of pressure and panic in achieving the demands of his life. For example, good grades, graduating quickly, or living well, or meeting the expectations of parents and those around them.
Duck syndrome was first proposed at Stanford University, United States, to describe the problems of its students.
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.
Causes and Symptoms
Duck syndrome 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.
Even though they feel a lot of pressure and stress, some people with the syndrome can still be productive and have good activity. This may be related to stoicism or strong stoicism. However, people with this mental disorder are also at risk for certain psychiatric problems, such as anxiety and depression.
There are several factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing 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
- Low self-esteem
Duck syndrome signs and symptoms are vague 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 from this syndrome 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 can be caused by many things, from severe stress due to competition in life to mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety disorders. If ignored, this mental disorder has the potential to make sufferers suffer from severe depression or even have suicidal ideation.
Therefore, people who experience duck syndrome or are at high risk of experiencing psychological problems are advised to consult a doctor or psychologist.
If already diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorders, doctors can treat duck syndrome by giving drugs and psychotherapy.
If you have duck syndrome, try to seek help and do the following tips to maintain your mental health:
- Do counselling with an academic supervisor or counsellor at school or college.
- Know 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 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 academic matters, business, and work, is an undeniable part of life. However, that doesn’t mean it 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 have duck syndrome, especially if you have felt certain psychological symptoms, such as wanting to commit suicide, being anxious all the time, can’t think clearly, or having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to consult a psychologist for help.