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“My 11 year old daughter is always overwhelmed these days”

"My 11 year old daughter is always overwhelmed these days"


Query: My 11 year old daughter feels very confused and overwhelmed these days. She tells me she can’t explain why she feels so. She says it feels like she is not the same happy person anymore. I don’t know how to help her.

Response by Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh is HOD – Holistic Medicine, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, Relationship, Lifestyle & Stress Management Expert: Hi, thanks for writing to us.

Most kids have days where they feel sad, lonely or they don’t want to do their daily activities. There are many reasons why children to go through such mood swings. While one can owe these changes to puberty related changes, there are a couple of other factors that may contribute to such changes such as school related issues, home environment, social changes, physical changes etc. Although this is a common change we see in most children, if you feel your child seems persistently sad or hopeless and it is affecting her day to day life, then we need to give it some attention. Some of the steps you can take are:

Talk to your daughter about her feelings. Ask her about how her day was in school or anywhere else and try to figure out if there were any events that might have bothered her.

Further, the basics for maintaining good mental health include a healthy diet, enough sleep, exercise and positive connections with other people at home or at school.

Talk to and listen to your child with love and support. Encourage her to share her feelings.

Help your daughter look at problems in a more positive way.

Avoid pressurising her with respect to academics or any activity at the moment, if at all you do.

Keep a check of the environment at home. Avoid any fights, arguments or disagreements in front of her, and till whatever extent it is possible try to maintain a happy environment at home.

Talk to a Professional therapist. They may recommend psychotherapy which involves counselling to help with emotions and behaviour.

Hope this helps.

For further queries, feel free to book an appointment with us.

Stay home stay safe.

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