Mental Health of Teens

Unusual behavioural problems of the adolescent children are real headache of parents and their teachers. Dr. M.K.C.Nair, Vice Chancellor of the Kerala University of Health Sciences analyses the causes of this serious issue in detail and suggest remedial measures. Mr. Nair is also serving as the Director of the Child Development Centre at Thiruvanthapuram.

Boy sitting against wall

Boy sitting against wall

The safety net for all adolescent schoolchildren include: at home, their parents; at school, their teachers; and at public places, the social institutions and society at large. Each one has to take responsibility to do one’s best at home, school and in the open world as those below 18 years of age are still considered as children and have the right to survival, growth, development and participation.

Though all adolescents need some support and guidance, those whose adolescence is marked by major problems may require professional help. The parents who first notice such changes in their adolescents are often troubled by the confrontational nature of the adolescent’s behaviour.

It is not easy to decide where to draw the limits and where to give in, and there are no tailor-made solutions to these problems. There is a need to develop strategies to deal with adolescents, through trial and error, through experience or by adopting specific practices. Adolescent schoolchildren can have mental, emotional, and behavioural problems that are a source of stress for the child as well as the family, school and community. These may disrupt the adolescent’s ability to function normally and they may slip into the realm of abnormality.

It is well known that many of the adult psychiatric disorders have their onset in adolescence. Counselling is basically for normal adolescents, and, in the school setting, counselling services may be required for non-assertive adolescents and those who have scholastic backwardness, adjustment
difficulties, specific behavioural problems, etc. The aim of adolescent counselling would be maintaining the person’s adaptive patterns, modifying
maladaptive patterns and enhancing motivation of the child.

(Read the full article from the June Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)

Author: SubEditor

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