New Delhi: Stress before an exam is normal. But in excess, it`s bad - both physically and mentally - and can adversely impact on performance. With the CBSE board exams just two weeks away, doctors say that students have been approaching them for medical intervention for various stress-related symptoms, which, at times, are very serious."Around this time of the year, when exams are around the corner, we have students coming to us for various stress-related symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. This year too we have students approaching us for anxiety, hopelessness, loss of sleep and appetite. At times it`s more serious, like depression, suicidal tendencies and schizophrenia," Sameer Malhotra, head of the mental health and behavioural science department at Max Hospital in Delhi, told IANS.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 exams will get under way March 1."It`s astonishing how much stress a child undergoes during this period," said Suchi Borah, a student counsellor at a private school. "Up to a certain limit, stress helps you perform better. Beyond that, it becomes distress. Every child is different and some are more vulnerable than others. Hence, everyone has their own coping ability. There is pressure of performance by parents, comparison with peers and high cut-offs for college admissions ahead. Support from all quarters in this period is very important".
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