Approach a regular doctor if unable to contact a psychologist: Experts
The recent suicide by a young actor has stirred up the conversation on suicide and factors which lead to it across the country. Experts state that committing suicide is generally an impulsive decision based on strong emotions rather than on a plan. While some psychologists suggest that there are always some warning signs that show a person is considering suicide, others opined that not everyone shows the visible warning signs.
According to Dehradun based psychotherapist Dr Aditi Arora, if a patient is talking about suicide then it is actually a good sign. She elaborated that talking about having suicidal thoughts openly rather than hiding them helps a therapist have an open discussion with patients which might be the key to prevent suicide in future. However, she also mentioned that if a person is talking about suicide persistently, it does not mean he or she will surely commit it. As mentioned by a clinical psychologist from Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital Dr Pratibha Sharma, several factors affect a person’s decision to commit suicide. At times, they might be feeling too depressed to take their lives and sometimes they might be feeling better about their circumstances, said Sharma. She added that having deep conversations and interactions with friends and families can have a great impact on a person’s life, especially at this time when everyone is so immersed in their own lives. Experts also opined that for several people, sometimes suicide is just a momentary thought to escape from their struggle in life.
The experts said that if anyone feels depressed or is having continuous negative thoughts, they should contact a psychologist immediately. Even if someone is unable to contact a psychologist, they can easily approach their family doctor, suggested Arora. “The patients should tell their problems to their family doctors so that they can recommend or direct them to the help they need. The doctors know what kind of consultation or therapy such patients necessitate in such conditions,” said Arora. She also added that sometimes it takes a considerable amount of time to have an effective treatment and if a patient is not getting better during the treatment, the patient should express this concern to the doctor.
Arora suggested that the administration can also appoint experienced senior citizens in residential colonies so that people can talk and consult them about their issues which can help a lot of locals. Of course, they will be directed to the professionals if they need professional help but this method can help to resolve those issues that just need an experienced perspective of a veteran and intellectual person, she opined.
Some experts also mentioned the lack of awareness among people regarding mental issues which makes the task of having conversation and consultation about issues like depression or suicide quite difficult. They said that the government needs to emphasise on the importance of mental health too besides other health issues in the country.
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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