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Inputs in Sunday Times – Rise in distraught teens seeking help

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Rise in distraught teens seeking help

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Ahmedabad:

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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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

2.6 % RISE IN SUICIDE DEATH RATE AMONG WOMEN IN STATE
80 % CALLS TO SUICIDE HELPLINE MADE BY WOMEN EVERY DAY
25 % GO MISSING FROM HOUSES DUE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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

1. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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

2. ABANDONING ELDERLY

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

3. MENTAL ILLNESS

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

https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/cover-story/women-in-gujarat-are-calling-help-are-you-listening/articleshow/65789295.cms

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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

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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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Input in Times Of India – Viral rumours spur lynching sickness

TOI 2:7:2018

A woman was lynched in Vadaj on June 27 after a mob labelled her a ‘child-lifter’ and overturned the auto she and two other women were travelling in. It was neither the first nor the last gruesome assault of this nature in Gujarat. While a man with mental problems was beaten up near Waghodia in Vadodara district on Saturday, 14 cases had been recorded earlier in the vicinity of Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara.

This spate of violence does not represent the first instance of mass hysteria in Gujarat in the recent past. The state has buzzed with rumours of thieves with supernatural powers and braid or hair chopping in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Why do rumours haunt society periodically and take lives? According to experts, the key lies in the concoction of public perception and fear psychosis. The cases in the recent past have had the pan-India reach and impact. Indeed, ‘child-lifting’ rumours have claimed lives from Assam to Tamil Nadu, thanks to social media platforms such as WhatsApp.

Mahesh Tripathi, assistant professor of psychology with Raksha Shakti University (RSU), said that stopping the deadly spread of rumours requires dispelling myths and determining the roots of rumours. Tripathi was part of a team formed by the state police’s CID (crime) to probe the braid-chopping claims and had documented all the seven incidents that were reported to police.

“Visuals stay with us longer than the written word and videos circulated on different platforms are seen by thousands without fully understanding their implications,” he said. “When something matching the description happens in the viewer’s vicinity, the fear psychosis is projected onto strangers. In such a scenario, it is important to probe the very first incident thoroughly and dispel the myth. It can weaken similar claims.”

Social media plays a major role in controlling an individual’s emotions, said Dr Hansal Bhachech, an Ahmedabad psychiatrist. “A person is under a lot of duress these days. When a person is insecure, the suggestability is amplified and the usual independent thinking is clouded,” he said. “The repressed aggression gets manifested in mob action.”

Ashutosh Parmar, ACP, B Division, said that it is still being probed whether the main attackers in the Vadaj incident were motivated by any video or local rumours. “We are creating awareness about false claims to prevent any untoward incident,” he said. “When the rumours were at their peak in Gandhinagar district in 2015, we kept vigil alongside villagers and assured them of their safety.”

 

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Interviews

 

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My inputs in Ahmedabad Mirror about 12th results…

Ahmedabad Mirror 2018-05-09

Overreaction to poor results can scar your child for life

Parents, exercise restraint! With class 12 (science) results to be announced on Thursday, psychiatrists and counselors advise parents to avoid negative outbursts if their children fail to get expected results as that could add to the stress that the students would be facing at that time and in turn have lasting consequences.

The reactions of parents of science stream students tend to be more intense, say experts, cautioning that they may need to be a little more understanding of their children’s mental state at the time of results.

Police inspector Pravin Valera, liaison officer for Jeevan Aastha Helpline from Gandhinagar police, says that more than 50 of the 100 calls per day are from students who fear poor result in exams.

“These kids are mostly worried about how their parents will react. It is neither their future, nor their career nor even education they are worried about, but the expectation of their parents,” he adds.

Mirror had on May 3 reported that while half the students calling the helpline spoke of fear of results, others sought career counselling. Asked about students’ biggest fear, a counsellor at the helpline says, “Mostly it is the fear of parents commenting that they have nothing to show after wasted money on expensive schools and tuitions. Poor results can be extremely stressful and we have to counsel them to relax and talk to their parents instead of taking any rash step.”

Another counsellor points out parents feel their job is restricted to just paying for the children’s education. “But that is not so. On the other hand, students have this overarching need to please their parents and are very apprehensive about not living up to the high expectations thrust upon them. We tell them that their job is to work hard during the year and give their exams. They should not worry about anything else. But parents need counselling too,” the counsellor adds.

Nikita Bhatt, whose son Hemil will get his results on May 10, says, “I don’t believe that results dictate my son’s future. Obviously, as a parent, my expectations are high because I want him to go to a good college but that doesn’t mean I thrash him because of a result I cannot change.”

Lasting impact

According to Dr Hansal Bhachech, a parents’ aggressive reaction to results can have long-term effect on children. “Recently a 68-year-old man had come to consult me because he was still getting nightmares of failing in examinations,” he says.

Talking about the attitude of parents, Dr Bhachech adds, “We in Gujarat associate education very closely to money and success since we are a business community. Parents see a direct relation between bad results and financial burden as they will have to send their children to private institutions and pay more fees or donations.”

He advises parents to put across their disappointment in a subtle way and not to overreact to an extent that may cause long-term damage to children’s psyche and their bond with their parents.

“A bad reaction to results has a direct relation to performance anxiety in people throughout their lives,” he says.

Dr Prakash Mehta, HOD of psychiatry at Sola Civil Hospital, says, “Parents have unrealistic expectations and then get disappointed with results. Mostly, this leads to drastic reactions that end in anxiety, depression and lower confidence levels in students. In extreme cases, when children do not have the capacity to handle the double stress of failure as well as disappointing their parents, it may lead to suicidal tendencies.”

Must-do for parents
􀁺 Have realistic expectations
􀁺 Be prepared for poor result
􀁺 Counsel yourself to remain calm
􀁺 Do not react harshly to poor result
􀁺 Express disappointment tactfully
􀁺 Support children in times of failure

Dr.Hansal 2018-05-09

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Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Interviews

 

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