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Stressed about kids' careers, parents flock to psychiatrists in Mumbai

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 7:20am IST | Agency: dna

Worried about what career their children should go for, parents are queuing up at psychiatrists' clinic. Doctors say that with growing competition and many career options, parents are getting stressed about the career choice that their child should take up.

Dr Parul Tank, head of psychiatry department at Rajawadi Hospital and consultant at Fortis Hospital, said, "Parents whose children have just appeared for their SSC or HSC board exams are approaching us. Most of them complain of anxiety over thinking about the different career options for their child. This is becoming a trend. Earlier, we only got parents anxious about how their child will do in the exams."

Agreeing with Dr Tank, senior psychiatrist Dr Sanjay Kumawat said, "Earlier, there were limited career options. With so many career options available to children today, there are many competitive exams too that today's parents want their child to appear for."

Doctors say that many of the parents don't recognise that it is parental anxiety that is the problem, and instead end up dragging their child to the doctors instead.

Dr Anjali Chabbria, a psychiatrist from Andheri, said, "Parents bring their child saying s/he is not motivated to study, and other such problems. In such cases, we try to figure out if the child indeed faces a problems or whether it is, in fact, parental anxiety. Parental anxiety is mostly treated via counselling. The number of such worried parents swells up during this time of the year."

Dr Chabbria further added that parents tend to rub their anxiety on the child too. "I have come across parents who are ready to shift base for their child's career. For example, if they want their child to get into IIT, I have seen parents shifting to Kota so the child can attend the best coaching classes for the IIT-JEE," said Dr Chabbria.

Doctors suggest that the parents should attend career counselling seminars and see what their child is interested in.

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