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G PA L I am a 16-year-old who is able to per­form very well in aca­demics. I am usu­ally ranked among the first five students in my batch. How­ever, for the past few months, due to my fa­ther’s ill­ness, I am now not able to match my own ex­pec­ta­tions. I feel ex­tremely help­less, anx­ious and of­ten very sad. I feel I am los­ing my mem­ory and feel in­se­cure about my cop­ing skills in stud­ies and find the stress too much. Is this a men­tal dis­or­der? Please help me.

—Wor­ried Your words speak vol­umes of the emo­tional tur­moil that you are feel­ing and the an­guish re­lated to your manag­ing the home front, es­pe­cially the at­ten­tion for your fa­ther’s ill­ness. Dis­cuss your feel­ings with a trust­wor­thy fam­ily mem­ber and try to dis­trib­ute re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with the help of at least one or two peo­ple. Con­stant pos­i­tive feed­back to your­self with pos­i­tive

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