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Take control, don't sink

Youngsters no longer shy away from seeking counsel on stress, find Anamika Chatterjee and Sidhi Chadha.

health and fitness Updated: May 01, 2007 18:07 IST

Beat the blues is the favourite mantra of the young brigade in the city While some drink, smoke or even snort coke to get a high, there are others who make a sincere effort to keep depressive tendencies at bay the healthy way Be it hypnotherapy counselling, dream interpretation, yoga, Reiki, or Art of Living, young people in the Capital are equipping themselves with ways of coping.

Stress study: Dr Jitender Nagpal, consulting psychiatrist, VIMHANS says, "The recent Indian Council for Medical Research study states that around 12.8 per cent of young people below 18 suffer from stress and depression. The reasons are varied - from being overworked to not being able to afford a luxury".

A case in point is 25year-old Yatin Malik, who works in a call centre, "I used to work like a maniac 14 hours a day .My haphazard lifestyle made me an alcoholic. Someone suggested I start yoga. Now I get up at 5:30 in the morning for yoga. And trust me, this has not gone waste. I can take control of my life now."

While yoga maybe the order of the day other options like hypnotherapy are increasingly making their presence felt. hosts of the past: Delhi-based clinical psychologist, Dr Preeti Sethi, feels stress in youngsters, is somewhere connected to their troubled past.

"The pressure to perform is the reason for piled-up stress among teenagers. I get calls from students, talking about how they are unable to cope with certain situations and that they want to undergo spiritual healing and hypnotherapy".

Reiki teacher Monika Zutshi says, "Most youngsters, particularly those in their early twenties feel stressed out. In Reiki, we use the positive energy of nature for healing. At the initial stage, it is done at the physical level while in the second stage, we move on to emotional levels also."

Says 22-year-old Hansa Makhijani, who works with a software firm, "The demands on one's time and energy are much higher now People's potential to spend has also increased. So one can afford counselling." Interpretation of dreams also helps. "College students at times seek an explanation for their dreams. This helps to reduce their levels of anxiety" says Dr Nagpal.