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Why humans bite another human? – My inputs in DNA…

Over 4.22 lakh bite cases reported in 9-yrs: AMC
Govt hospitals register 17 cases of human bites, 421 cat bites & 146 monkey bites
Gargi Raval – 25 Feb 2019


In a bizarre turn of events the Ahmedabad civic body run hospitals have registered 17 cases of human bites. According to the data by the Health Department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), in the last nine years 4.22 lakh bites cases were reported, of which majority were inflicted by the dogs.

Biting cases surge in spite sterilisation programme

The details were sought by the former leader of opposition Badruddin Shaikh to know the proper implementation of the dog sterilisation programme. Four non-governmental organisations have been given the contract by the civic body to sterilise dogs round the year. Yet, the dog population is on the rise in the city. “Since 2010, more than Rs 10 crore has been spent for sterilisation of dogs. But looking at the number of dog population it seems that the sterilisation programme is ineffective. According to the data by civic body there is one dog, per 20 human,” said Shaikh, former leader of the opposition, AMC.

“More than Rs 2 crore has been invested in the vaccination given to dogs. Most of the dog bites cases were reported after they were abandoned by the NGOs who sterilise them. Last year alone 59,621 dog bites were reported. Other cases include, 421 cat bite, 146 monkey bites and 117 bitten by others,” said the leader.


Why humans bite another human?

It is a common way to show aggression tells a city-based psychiatrist, Dr Hansal Bhachech. “There are people who have strong arms, but those who don’t, use their teeth in self-defence. It is their weapon, they would either kite or bite someone,” he said.

“Those who have weak limbs uses teeth to vent anger. In comparison with males, females are reported to use their teeth to vent their aggression. If someone holds them with a firm grip, biting is a common way to get back at the attacker,” remarked the doctor.

Dr Bhachech further added, “Psychologically, some people are orally fixated. Some people have oral stimulation since childhood. Also those who habituated to consuming tobacco, smoking or constantly into chewing something, are into biting habit,” he further said.

  The expert said that biting is the strongest form of attack. “If you hold someone in grip or kick it does not affect that much. But the biting gives intense pain and the victim may loosen the grip,” added the doctor.




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Posted by on February 25, 2019 in Interviews


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An Online Game Is Turning Into An Obsession That Is Keeping Gujarat’s Psychiatrists Busy

-Parth Shashtri

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Imagine you are on a desolate island — which has a stock of arms and ammunition, medical kits, and power packs — along with 99 others. In a matter of about half an hour, you have to find resources to stay alive and keep inching towards the ever-shrinking ‘safe zone’.

Your aim is to beat other players to it.

The bloody climax sees only one person or team emerging victorious, all for ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ reward!

The PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG) on Google Playstore has recorded over 100 million (10 crore) downloads ever since its launch last year and India is among the top countries in terms of individual and group players. The PUBG fever has also taken hold of Gujarat, with thousands of young people spending hours together for that one shot at glory as top guns.

But the online immersive game — following the release of the battle royale format which amalgamates elements of exploration, team building, survival and fight till the last man/woman standing — has now started affecting players mentally and physically. In a recent case, a 25-year-old man attacked his parents for not allowing him to play PUBG. In another case, a class XII student in Surat started throwing things at his family members when his father switched the Wi-Fi off so that he could prepare for board exams.

What makes the game so addictive? Dr Hansal Bhachech, an Ahmedabad psychiatrist, said that every game design works on the principle of reward system. “The reward stimulates the person to turn to that addiction again and again as it releases dopamine, giving the person a temporary ‘high’,” he said. “Thus, emerging as a winner can give the same kick to a player that an addict finds from liquor, contraband, or tobacco. We find the profiles of the patients —we get one every two days, approximately — similar, they suffer from self-image problems in real life and chase virtual glory.”

But what sets PUBG apart from games of earlier generations is that it has no end, Bhachech said. “Earlier, the player would get the ultimate satisfaction when he/she encountered the ‘Game Over’ message on the screen,” he said. “The new games are based on missions and have no definite end, prompting players to return to the battleground time and again.”

Peer pressure also plays a part. Poonam Devlal, a child psychologist in Vadodara, said that impressionable teens observe their parents, family members, or peers playing mobile games and start exploring the games out of curiosity and then get hooked to them. “They want to be part of the cool crowd for sort of social approval,” she said.

“Over the past couple of years, there has been an exponential rise in the easy availability of digital devices,” said Dr Kamlesh Dave, a psychiatrist at New Civil Hospital, Surat. A Rajkot psychiatrist, Dr Chetan Hansaliya, agreed.

“Teens are now demanding expensive phones with better RAMs to play online games,” he said. “The repercussions are manifold. In a recent case, an engineering student had to take a drop after he lost nearly two months of study because he was obsessed with PUBG. We also see a rise in violent behavior and the growing tendency to lie to parents.” Social isolation is aggravated as more and more hours are spent online, he said.

PUBG problems have prompted authorities to act. The Gujarat Secondary Education Board (GSEB) has already issued an advisory to schools to create awareness about gaming addiction. Prof Navin Sheth, the vicechancellor of Gujarat Technological University, said that the university has started an outreach programme for state schools along with Ahmedabad Police’s cyber cell to counsel teens to seek gaming de-addiction. “We have already reached out to more than 50 schools so far and more schools will soon be covered,” he said.

(With inputs from Ashish Chauhan & Bharat Yagnik, Ahmedabad; Yagnesh Mehta, Surat; Tushar Tere, Vadodara; and Nimesh Khakhariya, Rajkot)

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Posted by on February 24, 2019 in Interviews


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Inputs in Sunday Times – Rise in distraught teens seeking help


Rise in distraught teens seeking help



The debate is still raging on whether the act captured in a video that surfaced on Friday — showing a swimming coach at a city club hitting two girls with a neck cord — showed the ugly underbelly of the grind the sportspersons allegedly go through in search of glory.

However, what shocked many was the stand taken by the parents when they refused to press charges against the coach and backed his methods.

For the city-based psychiatrists, it’s not a new phenomenon. But in absence of a support system, it can take dangerous proportions, they said. The corporal punishment of any kind can leave deep scars on the person’s psyche that can manifest immediately or after a long time.

Dr Hansal Bhachech, a city-based psychiatrist, said that earlier they used to get cases of the children that have to cope with the study pressure but now the cocurricular activities have also taken a new dimension. “In an earlier case, a successful state-level tennis player went for both physical and psychological treatment as he had severely damaged his ankle. The reason was the reported pressure from the parents and coach due to which he had developed performance anxiety and was not able to concentrate,” he said.

In another instance, a skating enthusiast went into a shell after the constant grind of getting at skating rink at 5am daily and undergo rigorous regime with the parents’ consent. She eventually abandoned her love, said Dr Bhachech.

The mistreatment of a child hampers psychological development, said Dr Ajay Chauhan, superintendent of Government Hospital for Mental Health.

“The children undergoing abuse have control issues, seem to be more angry compared to other children, difficulty in showing genuine care or affection and underdeveloped conscience. Pressure to perform should not be associated with the burden of expectations,” he said. Binal Patel, city coordinator for 1098 Childline, said that even when the parents are not willing to press charges, a third person can file a complaint under Section 75 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 pertaining to Punishment for Cruelty to Child.

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Posted by on September 16, 2018 in Interviews


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Radio Talks

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RJ Dhvanit reciting poem on Krishna by Dr. Hansal Bhachech



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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in Interviews, My Poems


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One in every three women who commit suicide in the world is an Indian – Inputs in Ahmedabad Mirror

Women in Gujarat are calling help. Are you listening?

By Brendan Dabhi, Ahmedabad Mirror | Sep 13, 2018, 02.00 AM IST


One in every three women who commit suicide in the world is an Indian. And, this statistic should ring alarm bells for Gujarat as women in the State are at a greater risk of committing suicide. A study published in The Lancet Public Health journal on Wednesday stated that India accounts for about 18 per cent of the world population, but nearly 37 per cent of women who commit suicide around the world are Indians.

The news is worse for Gujarat as a Lancet report titled ‘Gender differentials and state variations in suicide deaths in India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2016’ states that suicide death rate (SDR) in women from Gujarat rose from 15.1 to 15.4 per lakh population (age standardised). This is a rise of 2.4 per cent over 26 years, from 1990 to 2016.

The figure does not look like much till one realises that the SDR has gone down in 26 states. Only Gujarat, Rajasthan (1.6%) and Bihar (17.1%) has reported a rise.

Mental health experts, psychiatrists, suicide prevention officials, the police and women’s rights activists have drawn a direct parallel between helplessness that women face due to domestic abuse and mental illness to rise in suicides. There is urgent need for a suicide prevention strategy that is data-driven, gender-specific and takes state variations into account.

The long road ahead

On one hand, personal and societal pressures on people have risen and the resilience to deal with them has decreased. On the other hand, we neither have the system nor the will to set up a system for mental health and education. Public sector, private stakeholders and NGOs need to get together to set up a mental health system in the State. Money needs to be put on research on reasons for suicides and how they can be averted. When the family planning programme began in the 1960s, it was a taboo issue. Awareness was generated for 30 to 40 years where hierarchy of block- to state-level offi cers were put in place to educate people. This was repeated with HIV/AIDs awareness in the 1980s. The topic of mental health is just as taboo. We need a concentrated plan to tackle these issues.
– Dr Dileep Mavalankar, Director, IIPH-G


More than 80% of calls received by Jeevan Aastha suicide helpline are from women attempting suicide or contemplating it. On an average, it gets 75 calls daily. Of these, 60 are from women. What’s more, 15% of calls are from women suff ering from domestic abuse. Of 177 missing women rescued by 181 Abhyam Women’s Helpline in past three and a half years, 44 had run away from home due to domestic violence. This is almost 25% of the total missing women complaints. “Most suicides by women are due to family reasons. Sexual violence against women is on the rise, too. Many cases of suicide are following abetment,” said Sophia Khan, head of NGO SAFAR that works in fi eld of violence against women.

It is unfortunate but women in India are socially conditioned to take abuse, both physical and mental. Women who have been bearing violence for long are less likely to commit suicide but those who cannot take the hit to dignity are most likely to do so.

DR HANSAL BHACHECH, Consulting psychiatrist


Gujarat and Rajasthan are male dominated; women education and health awareness is very limited. Women are not able to deal with anxiety and depression and especially those stemming from ego clashes between men and working women. So there are high divorce cases too among young females.

DR PRIYANKA KACKER, Asst prof, Institute of Behavioural Science, GFSU


The Lancet study found that suicide death rate is increasing in the elderly, especially among those above the age of 80 years. Agreeing that the trend is on the rise, Narendra Gohil, project director of 181 Abhayam helpline, recollected, “Unwilling to take care of his aged ailing mother, a resident of Surendranagar tried to get her admitted to old age homes. When some of them refused to take her in, he took her to the railway station and abandoned her there. We found her and brought her to a rescue shelter in Ahmedabad where she is being provided for.” The helpline has noted a rise in trend of children abandoning their aged parents.

For the elderly, social isolation, depression, functional disability, and the feeling of being a burden on their family have been cited as reasons for suicides globally, however, not much is known about reasons for suicides in the elderly in India, the report states.

Senior citizens, especially those who are abandoned by their family or are ill-treated, tend to develop suicidal tendencies. We had a retired army major who kept crying for days because his sons threw him out of the house. In another case, a woman, who son used to drink a lot, used to lock her in the bathroom. She kept saying that she wanted to die.

BEENA PATEL, Managing trustee of Avval Old Age Home


Manisha Solanki (41) was found sitting on the railway track a week before her son was about to get married. When 181 Abhayam counsellors and the GRP took her home, her family tried to shrug off the incident claiming she was “forgetful and walked out of her home in Odhav”. Her family revealed that this was the second time she had walked out of the house without saying anything to anyone.

“There is a severe lack of awareness about mental illness. Also, due to various taboos regarding mental health in Gujarat, people rarely seek treatment. This is especially true if the woman of the house has mental health issues,” said a counsellor.

“We have 290 patients at the hospital and of those, 200 are men. So, there are double the men than women who come for treatment. Even in our OPD, 60% are male patients. Women are constantly aff ected by depression and due to taboos and lack of awareness, women are not treated,” said Dr Ajay Chauhan, Superintendent of Government Mental Hospital.

Less than half of women suffering from mental health problem, reach a psychiatrist. Depression and anxiety can be treated but the gap needs to be bridged. However, due to the taboo, women have to come to the hospital alone as family members ask them to stop pretending to be sick and be strong.”

DR MINAXI PARIKH, HOD of psychiatry at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital



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Posted by on September 13, 2018 in Interviews


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Suicide cases in Gujarat on the rise – Inputs in DNA

Suicide cases in Gujarat on the rise, reveals Directorate of Forensic Sciences data

Data received from the Directorate of Forensic Sciences (DFS) have revealed that suicide cases in the state are on the rise. As per the number of suicide cases confirmed by the DFS, which deals with authenticating the handwriting in the suicide notes, as compared to previous years, suicide cases are increasing.

As against in 2016 and 2017, 576 and 582 cases were confirmed by FSL respectively, whereas 2018 recorded 338 cases in a mere six months. Sources have said the number is likely to double in the coming months.

Officials at forensic laboratory said that predominantly, suicide letters are the maximum that come to the laboratory. Also, while there maybe thousands of cases that arrive, FSL maintains a record of only those which are confirmed.

A source said, “Many times we get a suicide note but if we find the handwritings not matching, our report says it does not match. In such a case, the investigating officer then digs deep and eventually detects a murder. Also not all cases reach FSL.”

As per the data tabled at state legislative Assembly, nearly 792 suicide cases were reported from the city in 2016 whereas 813 cases were reported in 2017.

In terms of the documents division that scans the suicide notes, 101, 110 and 119 cases were found in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Commenting on the issue, Dr Hansal Bhachech, consulting psychiatrist, said, “Increase in suicide cases may be directly related to the frustrations creeping in common people. Chief reasons for frustrations are increased cost and reduced ease of living, increasing stresses of daily life, costly and uncertain educational system, being intolerant, negativity in society in form of crimes, frauds, depression and so on. Only thing left for us as a mechanism to fight frustrations is by increasing our stress fighting capacity by physical exercise, yoga, meditation.”

He further added, “Staying away from negative news and negative people also helps a lot. These days, youth, especially need to remain socially active, not on social media but connecting with people virtually. In olden days, these incidents were quite less as loneliness was not there.”


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Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Interviews


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Inputs in Times of India – My kid is a midnight sneaky snacker – Late-Night Eating Causes Multiple Disorders

My kid is a midnight sneaky snacker

Late-Night Eating Causes Multiple Disorders

Parth Shashtri


Parents of 16-year old Amit Chavda (name changed) were worried by his sudden weight gain and complete reversal of sleeping habits. Amit used to keep awake at night – often bingewatching films or shows on his tablet to ‘exhaust the data pack for the day’ – and sleep during the daytime. When they consulted a psychiatrist after a recommendation, it was also revealed that the web series spree was often accompanied by equal helping of food.

As nocturnal activities of the teens and youths have increased exponentially thanks to digital devices, a number of city-based experts are flooded with queries to ‘cure’ the lifestyle and eating disorders. Experts said the trend is worrisome as it not only affects a person’s body clock severely, but also causes irreversible damage to the latter’s health in the long run.

Dr Hansal Bhachech, a city-based psychiatrist, said today’s young generation leads a stressful life and it gets reflected in their routine. “In one of my recent cases, a 24-year-old youth was referred to me. The youth had type II diabetes with abnormal blood sugar profile. While taking the history of the case, I got to know that his routine lacked any kind of exercise and he went to sleep very late. After counselling, we suggested him a corrective course to maintain his health,” he said.

He added that a number of factors – ranging from latenight football matches to tendency to work at night – are responsible for the change. “It has been observed that the food they eat when they get hungry post midnight is often unhealthy and the eating is unconscious. We advice such patients to ensure fixed timings for sleeping, keeping away from digital devices and maintain a routine, including exercise,” said Dr Bhachech, adding that most of the cases he has observed are in age group of 15 to 25 years.

Dr Rucha Mehta, a citybased endocrinologist, said in one of her recent cases, a teen had diabetes over 200 after which the parents sought counselling. “Childhood obesity is a phenomenon now and it can take epidemic proportions if right steps are not taken in time,” she said.

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Posted by on July 8, 2018 in Interviews


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