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Behave, lest your child turns aggressive!

PARENTS OF Arnav, a four-year-old child, were annoyed by his behaviour. His peaceful demeanour had suddenly taken an U-turn as he had started showing aggressive behaviour.
None | By PADMINI Singh, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2006 12:06 AM IST

PARENTS OF Arnav, a four-year-old child, were annoyed by his behaviour.

His peaceful demeanour had suddenly taken an U-turn as he had started showing aggressive behaviour.

Much often, his aggressive attitude was directly associated with his demands which he wanted to be fulfilled at any cost. Complaints of his disobedience started pouring from his school too.

Unable to solve the riddle, the parents contacted a psychiatrist who immediately detected the problem as one of 'Hyper Kinetic Behaviour' which, much to the surprise of the experts, has increased manifold in the city.

"We are receiving such cases in hordes in which the parents come up with the complaints of their offsprings turning violent even for no specific reason. They often rue about their child's nervous attitude and his or her recalcitrant behaviour at school.

Actually, these are the symptoms of a kind of disease which is often detected in the children belonging to the age group of two-and-a-half years to about ten years. However, the problem diminishes when the child attains the age of more than ten years," said Dr Kamlesh Tiwari, psychiatrist.

He stated that the root cause of hyper kinetic behaviour could be the mother's state of mind during pregnancy. If she is experiencing acute mental tension or unbalanced diet then the behaviour of the child is affected. Sometimes if the infant suffers high fever immediately after birth, then too there are chances of him falling prey to this disease.

"But most of the cases are associated with the tension between the parents. If the parents quarrel in front of the child, then his or her innocent mind is unable to take such aggressive behaviour and the child in turn becomes violent," said Dr Tiwari.

After detection comes the part of eradication. "If the aggressive behaviour of parents is responsible for the disease then we ask the parents to undergo training where they are asked to showcase an ideal and peaceful behaviour before the child.

With the children, we often experiment with the 'aversion theory'.

This theory requires the parents to convince the child that he or she will be rewarded in case of better behaviour while punishment will be on the cards in case he keeps up to their aggressive behaviour," Dr Tiwari added.

Sometimes the sufferers are also asked to sit peacefully for a set period of time and this time is increased after each meeting. This helps considerably in reducing the fidgety behaviour, he added.

"The increase in such cases is not at all a good sign as most of them are associated with the flaws in the behavioural attitude of the parents towards the child.

It is high time that parents should put a stop to their aggressive behaviour in order to raise a child with a healthy mind and body," said Dr Tiwari.

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