A girl of 17 years came to my clinic with complaints of chest pain with all normal routine investigations.In detailed psychiatric interview she revealed that she is studying for competitive exams and staying in hostel. For last one year she feels that her parents are not telephoning her frequently as other girls parents are doing.She felt ignored and she did not express her feelings to her parents.Parents told me that they are not telephoning her as they do not want to disturb her in academics. This interpersonal conflict resulted in chest pain.
Other contributing factors may be academic stresses. Counselling of Child and Parents was advised. So taking care of the emotional health of child is as important as his /her physical health and intellect.
Parenting skills are like Musician’s skills.Good Musician can create good music from any type of instrument, similarly effective parenting can grow the child in all aspects of life. So Parenting is a long term investment.
Dr Aarti Midha
A 14-year-old boy was brought to the psychiatric clinic for complaints of abdominal pain and abnormal neck and mouth movement taking place from last 2 months. He was operated for appendix 2 years back and another abdominal surgery for complaints of abdominal pain and vomiting happened 1 year back. A detailed assessment was performed, wherein it was found out that patient’s academic performance has always been below average. The reason for below average performance came out to be Borderline IQ as measured by the IQ test. When asked about disturbing events lately, the boy revealed that a few months back when he was sent to the hostel for improvement in academics, other children used to bully him there and he was beaten by his maths teacher few times for being a failure in solving math problems. The incidents resulted in refusal for school. The patient was of overemotional and anxious temperament. The pressure to perform well despite being of low IQ, peer bullying and difficult temperament resulted in somatic complaints.
— Dr. Aarti Midha (Psychiatrist and Depression Specialist, Jaipur)