Chandigarh: With a rise in the number of suicide cases in the city, psychiatrists say differences in opinion, high expectations and lack of inter-connectivity with cases of depression may be the major reasons for people opting for the extreme step. From the past few years, the city has witnessed deaths due to suicides in which many high profile persons have committed this by hanging themselves or through different modes.
The recent incidents include the Fazilka Deputy Commissioner’s son suicide case which happened last year in February. Sumer Singh Brar, son of Fazilka DC Manjit Singh Brar who had served in Chandigarh Administrtation, was a 17-year-old, student of St John’s High School, Chandigarh who hanged himself with his pet dog’s collar attached to fan in his room. Also another case in that year was of a twenty-three-year old Raunak Khosla, son of senior advocate Rupinder Khosla, a former acting Advocate-General of Punjab who committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Chandigarh.
According to the Psychological autopsy of 101 suicide cases from northwest region of India by Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh majority (59.4 per cent) of suicide victims were in the age group of 20 to 29 years. Males (57.4 per cent) slightly outnumbered females (42.57 per cent) in this study. Hanging was the most common method used by the suicide victims (72.2 per cent). Psycho-social stressors were found in 61 (60.3 per cent) suicide victims. Psychiatric illness was found in 34 cases (33.6 per cent).
However, out of them only 16 (48.5 per cent) suicide victims sought treatment prior to the attempt. Also, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures, people between the age group of 15 to 29 commit more suicide as compare to those in other age groups in the city. Dr Rajeev Trehan, Physcatrist, Civil Hospital Panchkula on the issue commented, “The cases related to suicides are mainly due to difference in opinion, high expectations with cases of depressions among the people. These cases includes chronicle disorders, bipolar disorder with chronicle psychiatry with other cases related to stress, unemployment, addicted to alcohol substance with other problems like suicidal isolation or social isolation.”
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