Every September is the beginning of another school year across China, and many children get nervous. In particular, Henan province has seen many children with “back to school syndrome” who actually have been seeking medical care. A hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province admitted 240 children with back to school syndrome in seven days. This incident attracted public attention.

Chinese media fengnew.com reported on September 4 that, as the first day of school approached, the Department of Psychological Medicine, Henan Provincial People’s Hospital has been receiving patients with “back-to-school syndrome”; most of them are junior high school students and high school students, accounting for about half of the patients.

Common symptoms experienced by students include “palpitations, chest tightness, nausea, dry vomiting, diarrhea, and other physical discomforts, and some even have “loss of vision,” “hearing loss,” “slurred speech,” and more severe symptoms such as low-grade fever and shaky hands for several days in a row.

According to the report, doctors eventually discovered that it was an emotional disorder caused by unfinished summer homework or anxiety when preparing for the new school year.

Patients with “back to school anxiety syndrome” go to treatment together

In addition to Henan, hangzhou.com reported that recently, elementary and middle school students in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province have returned to school and some of them have already experienced mood changes and fatigue.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic at the hospital affiliated with Hangzhou Pedagogical University admitted 240 children aged 6 to18 years old in the past week. Fifty percent of the children had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), 25% anxiety disorders, and another 25% were depressed.

The doctor suggested that parents should monitor carefully and bring the children to the hospital for timely evaluation in cases where they show signs of excessive anxiety, poor sleep, poor learning, and noticeably reduced quality of living that last for more than two weeks.  

However, this report didn’t shed light on the underlying causes of the syndrome. 

Netizens, after learning about the news, have left massive comments on social networks. The Epoch Times reported some of the comments: One students said: “Everywhere I go, I feel suffocated!” And parents are concerned their children are dealing with more and more mental pressures; pressures that they can’t escape.

One person suggested: “Shouldn’t we think about why children are unwilling to go to school? Apart from the individual reasons, is there any problem with the current education system, perhaps we should think from that perspective!”

One parent said: “My daughter entered the second grade in September. She belongs to a generation after the ‘ 90s grew up in Jiangxi and received basic education. I feel their learning pressure now is much heavier than ours when we were young, so heavy indeed that even parents feel tired.”

Another wrote: “As a teacher, I am also very nervous! The number of people who are not worried is very few.”

About 100,000 teenagers commit suicide in China every year

RFI said earlier this year that data released by the Beijing Children’s Development Medical Center in China showed that about 100,000 juveniles commit suicide in China each year. On average, every minute 2 people die from taking their own life and eight people try to do it but fail.

There is a lot of psychological illness behind the phenomenon of committing suicide. According to a China Social Development Report, about 30 million Chinese children and adolescents under the age of 17 suffer from various emotional disorders and behavioral problems.

Li, a parent in China, once revealed to The Epoch Times in an undated comment: “Every year, a number of teenagers commit suicide always during the time of the end of the final exam, or when the university entrance exam is about to take place, or after the end of the university entrance exam. Many deaths are often not reported in the press, in our area there are already dozens of students committing suicide.”

Li believes that the main reason is that China’s education system always forces students to obey and prevents them from thinking independently. Plus there are added pressures from score comparisons, achievement and gift comparisons, competition for admission to prestigious schools, and more. Students, parents, and teachers are all under a lot of pressure. All of them have no faith, no hope, no direction in life, which is why many children suffer from depression and commit suicide.

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