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Rising urban stress to blame

mumbai Updated: Sep 23, 2012 01:31 IST
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Following 31-year-old Atul stabbing his father Sudhir Jhemse to death, city psychiatrists have cautioned against a rise in similar incidents. This is the second such incident in the last week, after a 25-year-old woman allegedly threw her four-year-old twin daughters from the Grant Road (East) skywalk.

“Both these cases are warning signs of rising feelings of helplessness among people living in urban areas. Mumbai is a laboratory churning out people with depression, stress and anxiety,” said Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist, Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, who treats about eight patients projecting suicidal tendencies every day. “Displacement of anger is a common practice leading to violence and suicide.

Psychiatrists say urban lifestyle and the constant pressure to perform could lead many towards alcohol and drug addiction.

According to Dr Nilesh Shah, head of psychiatry department at Sion Hospital, Atul’s case seems like an issue of borderline personality disorder. “Mentally healthy individuals under the influence of alcohol would not commit such an act. Because of personality issues, they fail to follow the social norms and lose their inhibitions,” said Dr Shah. “In this case, the patient is suffering from a mental health issue, which worsened because of alcohol dependency.”

Psychiatrists say that parents should treat any behavioural change as a warning sign and seek medical help.