Columbia Asia Hospital to Organize a Health Talk on Adolescent Psychology

Pune, 27th September, 2017: With an alarming increase in psychological pressures and stress in our society, Columbia Asia Hospital is organizing an event about adolescent psychology on 16th September at its premises in Pune.

There willbe a health talk on psychology of children, mainly teenagers, and it will focuson ways a parent should respond to children facing stress and otherpsychological challenges. The key speakers at the event would be Dr.Manish Bajpayee, Consultant Psychiatry, Columbia Asia and Miss. Feeba John,Medical social worker, Columbia Asia.Through various activities andexercises, topics like psychological distress among teenagers, peer pressure,puberty, risk factors such as stress, anxiety and depression, along withprotective strategies regarding these issues would be covered.

The team ofmedical experts would also be visiting few schools in Pune to directly addressthe children and educate them about choosing between right and wrong,maintaining better communication with parents and teachers and managing thepressures of adolescence, academics and peer pressure. Strategies such as SALTapproach: S- Support &Simulate, A-Ask and appreciate, L-Listen & Learn,T- Transfer, Mirroring approach and Active Listening would be taught to bothkids and parents so as to facilitate the better flow of information.

Dealing withadolescents has always been a challenge for parents. Today, adolescence is aprolonged developmental stage that starts at the age of 10 and lasts up to 22years. During adolescence, children advance through the stages of puberty whichbrings along with it a host of biological, psychological and social changes. Itis in this period that kids become both physically and psychologically mature.They begin to assert independence, develop preferences and start makingchoices. Adolescence is a highly variable and asynchronous process. Progressionthrough the various stages of adolescence does not follow the same timelinesfor each child. Studies reveal that for many adolescents and their parents,this transitional phase entails a lot of storm and stress.

The wayparents and teachers react during this stage, shapes the children’s behavioralpatterns. Many parents witness their children leading a smooth passage throughadolescence. However, many parents are faced with defiance, temper tantrums andstubbornness. Adolescents are more active and curious. They need many answerswhich need to be effectively answered by their parents. It is also a phase oflife in which relationships with peers and academic performance becomeincreasingly important. Children begin to display a wider and more complexrange of emotions. This is a time when problems or disappointment with selfacceptance, sexual attraction or identity crisis may lead to detrimental mentalhealth conditions such as depression or anxiety. Moreover, with the risingpressures of academics and society, conditions such as attention-deficithyperactivity and oppositional behavior among teenagers have also becomecommon.

Technologyhas also deeply affected the psychology of adolescents in recent times. Forinstance, the recent deaths of kids through the Blue Whale game, clearlydepicts that how much influence can mobiles and apps have over children’sminds. Today, social media allows adolescents to have discussions with unknownadults over internet. Due to the availability of unrestricted open space oversocial media, few anti-social elements may also find their way into children’slives, and brainwash their minds, leading them onto a wrong path. The healthtalk at Columbia Asia will present the parents with certain practicalstrategies which will help the parents to understand the abovementioned issuesrelated to adolescence better, filter the content of online exposure, build anactive listening environment, and make their children’s transition toadolescence smoother.

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