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Posted at: Oct 11, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Oct 11, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)

Rising stress among youth worrisome, say experts

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 10

With the changing lifestyles and habits, the stress level amongst the youth is on the rise. It is worrisome as it can lead to medical complications, said Prof (Dr) PD Garg, head of psychiatry, Government Medical College (GMC), while delivering a keynote address during a programme themed 'Young people and mental health in the changing world', organised by Khalsa College of Nursing (KCN) on the occasion of World Mental Health day on Wednesday.

He said the competitive world was posing new challenges and youngsters were falling prey to anxiety and mental tension which needed care. He stressed on healthy lifestyle, including nutritious diet, daily exercise, positivity, social and family supports are required to tackle the stress.

A poster exhibition on mental health, drug addiction and imbibing positivity in life was also displayed.

Meanwhile, a session on mental health awareness was also held at Spring Dale. Terming anxiety and depression as the manifestations of psychological problems, which require expert handling, Dr Priyadarshini, psychiatric from Bhatia Neuropsychiatry Hospital, and Meenakshi Soi, psychologist and counsellor, Spring Dale Senior School, urged students to be discreet in their handling of relationship and technology, in the interests of their own emotional and intellectual well being, and social harmony.

“One in every four adolescents is reported to be overwhelmed by some kind of mental issue, including depression, which differs in magnitude in accordance with the age of a person. Depression and anxiety are common problems confronted by adolescents. These are like fractures in one’s mind, which are not visible, but still exist and need expert handling,” said Dr Priyadarshini.

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