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Depression must not be allowed to fester: Doctors

THE ASIAN AGE. | VRUSHALI PURANDARE
Published : Jun 23, 2018, 1:49 am IST
Updated : Jun 23, 2018, 3:36 am IST

In such cases, rectifying the symptoms which usually go unnoticed is a must. Efficient counselling acts as a life saviour at times.

The stigma and the lack of communication around mental health problems can also contribute to the worsening of the condition.  (Representational Image)
 The stigma and the lack of communication around mental health problems can also contribute to the worsening of the condition. (Representational Image)

Mumbai: Rising instances of depression-fuelled suicides need to be tackled by identifying the symptoms on time and by efficient counselling, according to city-based psychiatrists.

The stigma and the lack of communication around mental health problems can also contribute to the worsening of the condition. From film stars to godmen to a person living in a shanty, depression has driven people from all walks of life to take the extreme step.

 

Recently, well-known spiritual leader Bhaiyyu Maharaj, a mentor to several political bigwigs, shot himself at his residence in Indore while a 28-year-old female doctor attached with Tata Memorial Hospital, who was being treated for depression, committed suicide. Filmmaker Kar-an Johar recently told a news channel that he was going through a low phase and that he made up meetings and travelled to strange lands with no possibility of seeing a known face. Karan said that he later realised he was suffering from clinical depression. He was receiving counselling and medication until three months ago.  Bollywood actor Deep-ika Padukone a few years ago also disclosed that she had battled anxiety and depression. This was at a time when she was establishing her credentials as one of Bollywood’s actors.

 

Dr Ali Gabrani, a psychiatrist, said that depression is one of the leading causes of suicide. “In such cases, rectifying the symptoms which usually go unnoticed is a must. Efficient counselling acts as a life saviour at times.”

Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist with Mahar-ashtra Women’s Comm-ission said, “The depression is root cause of all evils. In this fisherman’s case, the main person might have been suffering from terminal illness, which went unnoticed.”

Tags: depression, psychiatrists, anxiety