Refusing to take examination and study is the new trend seen by city psychiatrists this exam season. Doctors say that earlier it used to be anxiety but the scene is different this year and it is the parents who are getting anxious.
Experts say parents and peer pressure apart, school romance is playing a big role in afflicting children with the exam fever. Those students for whom the relationship is going downhill are too stressed to take the additional pressure, they say.
According to Dr Parul Tank, head of psychiatry department at Rajawadi Hospital said the complications to reaching new levels, with children refusing to take exams, which in turn, is leaving the parents extremely anxious.
Dr Tank said that in 75 per cent cases, it is found that the child is not prepared to appear for the tests. "While counselling, we figure out that the child has not done adequate preparation for the exam."
Doctors say that in such cases, counselling helps the child stabilise. Dr Vasant Mundra, child psychiatrist, PD Hinduja Hospital said, "Being aggressive and refusing to appear for exam is a withdrawal symptom. In such circumstances, the parents need to devalue the exam system and not talk about its importance to career and future."
Medical practitioners say heartbreaks and romantic relationships among children in children are becoming a new trend and a cause of worry. Nearly 20 per cent of the exam fever cases they are getting now are because of these reasons.
Dr Seema Hingorany, child psychologist said, "Two three years back, we never got school children suffering from depression because of relationships. These days, I am regularly getting such cases, especially during exam time. Heartbreaks coupled with exam fear is proving very dangerous as the children are not able to cope with the pressures."