Feeling that others are disappointed and disapprove of you and you must be perfect puts you at risk for depression.
Schools minister Nick Gibb seems to think young people should face more frequent testing, to prepare for GCSEs. His comments fly in the face of 20 years' research.
There is enormous pressure on young people to strive, perform and achieve. And the data indicate that many are struggling to cope.
Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
People with trichotillomania often pull to the point of causing complete hair loss even though that's never intended or desired. And this eventually leaves them feeling depressed and isolated.