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Asia Insight

Youth suicide: Asian teens crack under growing family pressure

From Singapore to Japan, falling birthrates mean fewer siblings and more stress

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- Every year, clinical psychologist Carol Balhetchet sees numerous patients in their teens or early 20s come through her Singapore office. Many suffer from depression, anorexia and other conditions; some have attempted suicide before consulting her.

Balhetchet's more than 20 years of experience have taught her that most cases stem from stress, and she thinks this factor is even more acute for today's young generations than it was in the past.

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