Staff reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Psychological problems developed during adolescence period can be countered very effectively with concentration, discipline and positive thinking, say psychiatrists.

Addressing students of Sri Durga Malleswara Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala at a programme organised to mark the beginning of the World Mental Health Week here on Thursday, psychiatrist P. Vijayalakshmi said parents often rush their offspring to the psychiatrist at the last moment, but there was no real remedy for tension during examinations.

She said planning, time management, concentration, mental discipline, goal-setting, selection of role models and cultivation of good hobbies were all needed for students to be able to endure the stress generated at the time of examinations. Another problem that was becoming common was lack of concentration. It was true that children had many more distractions to deal with today than a decade earlier. Children were whiling away their time watching television, movies, talking on mobile phones and surfing the Internet. Many were becoming addicted to them also, she said. Psychiatrist R.K. Ayodhya said only one per cent of the patients suffered from full-blown “madness.”

Lion’s Club of Vijayawada Vision president G. Syam Prasad and principal K. Visala spoke.