Mental Health Q&A: Declining grades? Seek help

Dr Hemant Mittal, neuro-psychiatrist, answers readers’ questions on Mental Health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Hi, I am father of 15 month old baby. At present his weight is 11 kg, height 81 cm, very active and no other issue. Only problem with him is during night time he will suddenly get up with crying loudly. He will not open his eyes also.
Then we have to pat him for 10-15 minutes and then he will back to sleep again. Last 2-3 days he happened more than one time during night. We are really concerned about this. Last 1 month this problem is happening almost every day. We are not able to understand what is his problem.

You will need to consult a pediatrician for the same.

2. Dear Doctor, my son is aged 16. he is very active and used to study well. This year suddenly, he seems to have developed aversion for studies and marks have gone down badly. He says he does not want to put much effort but when we suggest to change his course at school, he is not willing to do so and for a day or two appears to be serious. But most of the time he dodges and does not put in effort. He is brilliant and scored high as a child so it is worrying that he cannot even pass now. How can we manage this?

1. Sudden decrease in grades suggests that his concentration power is decreasing.
2. In young 16yr kids the attention power normally decreases because of either high anxiety, depression, relationships issues, adjustment to studies, adjustment to school/college.
3. I would suggest you get him evaluated by a good psychologist/psychiatrist to find the root cause of this concentration decline.
4. Once the cause is found he can be “effectively” counseled for the same.

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