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Delhi students are waging a battle against stress

Students in Delhi are waging a battle against stress. According to conservative estimates, 8 to 12 per cent of them need professional help to deal with 'emotional, behavioural and learning problems.'

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 13:08 IST

Students in Delhi are waging a battle against stress. According to conservative estimates, 8 to 12 per cent of them need professional help to deal with 'emotional, behavioural and learning problems.'

Experts say that student life, coupled with choices about drinking, smoking, drugs and sex, proves to be a major source of stress and the children are not equipped to deal with it.

At a workshop held on child psychiatry services at AIIMS, specialists pointed out that mood swings, feeble attention span, refusal to go to school, frequent bodyaches and irritability are symptoms that have to be watched out for.

According to Rajesh Sagar, secretary at the Central Mental Health Authority and associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, the perils of peer interaction, acceptance and rejection of situations, persons and ideas are a constant source of stress.

“Children should be taught to use humour as buffer in case of bad feelings and situations,” said Sagar. Consultant psychiatrist at VIMHANS, Jitender Nagpal, says signs like change in sleeping patterns, recurring bad dreams and constant irritability are warning signs that should be watched.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 12:59 IST