Navigation Links
Kashmir Battles Alarming Increase in Suicides

There has been an alarming rise in the number of suicides ever since a separatist campaign erupted in Jammu and Kashmir way back in 1989 . Unfortunately, most such incidents have gone unnoticed.

Although police records show that there were 736 cases of attempted suicide from 2001 until May this year in the Kashmir Valley, the picture may be quite different.

The records of just one major hospital in the summer capital Srinagar, the SMHS hospital, show that it admitted 1,124 patients who had attempted suicide in 2004 alone.

"During the last 18 years, more than 13,000 patients of suicide (where a person ended his/her life), para-suicide (where a person made a serious attempt to end his/her life) and deliberate self-harm were admitted in the SMHS hospital," said Arshad Hussain, a consultant psychiatrist at the government medical college.

Hussain blamed depression, schizophrenia and panic disorders for these cases.

"Depression is the fourth common mental disorder in the world at present. Trauma, unemployment, family breakups and cultural breakdowns are the main reasons for depression among the local youth," he pointed out.

Quoting data, he said the ratio of males and females in suicide cases was 3:1, in para suicide it was 1:4 and in deliberate self-harm it was 1:7, indicating that males outdid the females in committing suicides in the valley while more females made attempts to end their lives and deliberately harming themselves.

Interestingly, Hussain said there are just 12 specialist psychiatrists in the entire valley to cope with the problem.

Records of the valley's only psychiatric ailments hospital in Srinagar show that over 60,000 patients with psychiatric complaints visited the out patients' department in just 2006.

"It is a colossal problem. Patients with multiple psychiatric disorders have been coming to us for treatment an d there has been an exponential increase in such numbers since the last 18 years.

"Personality disorders, insomnia, agitation and schizophrenia are the common complaints, but our main worry is the spurt in suicidal tendencies among the young patients," said a doctor at the hospital.

"Ever since the present violence broke out here, the people have been living on the very edge of life. They have to negotiate at every nook and corner.

"Life has become so uncertain and dangerous that the easy way out for some is to walk out of it," said a sociologist.But Arshad maintains that blaming violence alone would be wrong.

"Family pressures, pressures of modern life, academic pressures, like they exist everywhere else, account for attempted suicides in Kashmir also. Yes, I don't disagree that violence has contributed to the increase in such cases here," the doctor said.

That violence and an uncertain future are among the main reasons for the increase in suicides in Kashmir is also proved by the fact that these cases have involved mostly the youth here.

"Middle age suicide attempts are few and far between. It is predominantly the youth that have made attempts to end their lives. It has been mostly the youth who have been the focus of both the security forces and militant groups," said another sociologist.

Asked why the actual number of suicides was far more than the numbers registered in the police records, a senior police officer said: "Because of the religious and social stigma attached with attempted suicides, it is quite possible that families avoid registering FIRs.

The majority of 736 cases recorded with us are those where the police took cognisance of attempted suicides on their own.

"Say for instance, the local police station comes to know about a patient being admitted in the hospital for stomach wash after consuming poison. We immediately take cognisance and register a FIR because attempting suicide is a crime," the officer said.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. German hospital established in Kashmir for earthquake relief
2. Bird Flu Alert In Jammu And Kashmir
3. More Severe Earthquakes May Hit Kashmir In Future
4. Measles Breaks Out In Kashmir
5. Money Allocated for Child Welfare Programme In Kashmir
6. Gujarat Prime Target For Pakistan & Kashmir-Based Drug Cartels
7. HIV/AIDS on Rise in Jammu and Kashmir
8. More People Seeking Treatment for Mental Illness in Strife-torn Kashmir
9. Kashmir Grapples with Growing AIDS
10. Kashmir To Get Cancer Hospital
11. Mental Health of Kashmiris Needs Urgent Attention: Survey
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/23/2017)... PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... risk and uncertainty in clinical trials, today announced that Premier Research, a leading ... management solution. , Clinical trials are becoming increasingly complex, due in part to ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... RI (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... today a new partnership with the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and ... an opportunity for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to see films in ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Top cosmetic and periodontal dentist Dr. Mahnaz Rashti ... Indiegogo campaign . Individuals are now able to contribute to the local initiative, ... as a participating patient or through an Indiegogo donation. The entirety of proceeds will ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... ... Thomas Vas-Don suffered from severe injury due to an industrial ... recover. In “ Origin & Insertion Charts for Massage Therapists ” (published by Xlibris ... anatomy , trigger points and referral pain patterns . , In this ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... life and athletics. It’s enough to overwork even the sharpest brain. , Power ... offer peak healthy activity without over clocking the brain. Each capsule contains Cognizin® ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... Ga., Feb. 23, 2017  MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... tissue and patent-protected processes to develop and market advanced ... Spine, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic, and Dental sectors of healthcare, ... and full year ended December 31, 2016. ... Revenue is a 31% increase over full year 2015 ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017 LG Innotek today announced that ... sterilization applications. As its sterilization performance is 1.5 times higher than ... wavelength ultraviolet rays in the range of 200 -- 280nm, allowing it ... bacteria by destroying their DNA. LG Innotek,s product emits UV in ... ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb 23, 2017 Research and ... Devices Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" ... ... grow at a CAGR of around 9.2% over the next decade ... report analyzes the market estimates and forecasts for all the given ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: