SIMMI WARAICH 49, Psychiatrist, Chandigarh
Dr. Waraich has noticed a sudden rise in the number of youngsters that are now approaching her for anxiety, stress, depression and substance abuse.
Grief of the Young Pre-teens and teenagers want to see her for school-related problems such as bullying, exam anxiety, depression and even suicidal tendencies. “Many children set high targets for themselves and lack the flexibility to consider alternatives in case their target is not achieved. Many come with extremely low self esteem and confusion about their careers,” she says. Noticing that a majority of patients in the 18 to 25 age group reach out for expert psychiatric help owing to adjustment disorders, relationship problems, besides substance abuse, the doctor adds, “Cannabis, alcohol and heroin addiction are turning out to be a major problem among people in this age group. It is paramount that parents get them to see psychiatrists as soon as possible,” she says. Who is to be Blamed? In her opinion, a big reason for younger people contracting psychiatric illness is the fact that many parents are unable to give enough time to their children and the nuclear family structure means that children are left to fend for themselves. Warraich adds, “Single children who often have most of their wishes fulfilled, but not given adequate time, are leading to a generation where many crash when they have to face problems alone." Contact sim[email protected]hoo.co.in
Balance academics and physical activities. One hour of compulsory walking and two-three hours of internet-free time is a must.
Practising mindfulness is paramount. It is important that youngsters are acquainted with the need to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Instead of just pointing out their mistakes, focusing on positive aspects of children goes a long way in boosting their confidence. Positive criticism is important, but so is consistent encouragement.