In order to have a better understanding on the issue, the city branches of the Indian Medical Association and Indian Psychiatric Society has organized a conference as Mental health week to discuss the most prevalent mental health issues. Anxiety and depression among children was also one of the topics to be carried out.
Dr.Kausar Abbasi, a Psychiatrist explains this issue as "In the last 2 decades, there has been a tremendous rise in psychological problems mainly in children. This is mainly because of increased parental and personal expectations because of the competitive environment. Now-a-days, a child is not satisfied by topping the class through his hard work. He has to top the state or the country to be really happy about his achievement as there is globalization of competition too".
A Professor and head of the psychiatry department of Sion Hospital, Mumbai Dr.Nilesh Shah believes that more than depression, anxiety has become a common affection among children. He says, "In every class, one or two children can be found who suffer from over-anxiety. These children get worked up about small things specially before important events like examinations or outings, keep seeking reassurances, lose temper easily and can't sleep well. To over come these problems, relaxation techniques like Yoga, Meditation, Aroma Therapy can be used to help them relax when anxiety is triggered".
Research revealed that some of the other types of anxiety which are not very common include school phobia, separation anxiety disorder when a child does not wish to separate from a parent for the smallest amount of time, social anxiety disorder where social situations and selective mutism where certain special circumstances or people trigger anxiety in the child.
Another psychiatrist Dr.Rajiv Palsodkar informed that one of the reason that the children are suffering from such problems is the comparatively easy life they have. He says "The frustration tolerance and tolerance limits of children are very low these days as they are getting all they want from a very early age. Anxiety in children can also manifest through behavioral problems like bed wetting and parents should be on the watch out for them".
Parents in order to bring your children out of depression it is always better to consult a psychiatrist and take further steps.