Waiting outside ward number 17 of JJ Hospital, Kamal Dolloi’s friends have been trying to convince Dolloi’s wife on the phone that her husband is “still alive”.
“She is in a state of panic and insists on talking to him. We are worried because Dolloi’s wife and their one-year-old child are alone in their village in West Bengal,” said Prashanth Mahiti, a friend of Dolloi. Dolloi was injured in the blast at Zaveri Bazaar on Wednesday.
City-based psychiatrists claim that victims and their relatives should be treated with compassion and sensitivity. If victims suffer from any severe anxiety, they should seek professional help. “Being too curious and asking too many questions about the incident will only make the situation difficult to deal with. Emotional aid is the key,” said Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist.
“People should not remain home-bound unless advised to do so by authorities. They should follow their everyday routine as far as possible,” said Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, consulting psychiatrist, Masina Hospital, Byculla.
“There is an overflow of information on Facebook, Twitter and news channels. People should avoid fixating themselves on such portals because it can lead to unnecessary panic,” he added.
Panic may not be restricted to the victims alone. Watching gory images of blood and death on television can also cause undue trauma to children.
“If children ask questions, parents should not lie to them. Instead, they should let them know that they are safe and police authorities are there to look after them,” said Dr Shefali Batra, psychiatrist, Mind Frames.