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Strong social fabric cure to Noida-like episodes: Psycologists

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 21:45

New Delhi: Shaken by the incident of two
sisters, who starved in self-imposed confinement in Noida for
months, psycologists on Wednesday strongly advocated the need for a
strong social fabric in the fast-paced modern urban life.

"We should take cue from the strong family and social
connections that bound us together in our childhood as we
grew. However, with changing times people have left behind the
core values. Most of the people don`t even know who or what
their neighbours are," Dr Samir Parikh, a psychiatrist at Max
Healthcare said.
Two sisters in their forties were rescued from their
Noida home, where they had locked themselves for months after
their father`s death. While one of them died today morning,
another has been shifted to the ICU.

"Their complete withdrawal from the society for months
together clearly reflects that their mental condition was not
stable. To curtail episodes as the one that came to light from
Noida, a better social set-up should be in place. A sense
of belonging for the next door neighbour should be encourged
and practised," Dr Jitendra Nagpal, a psychiatrist
with Moolchand Hospital said.
Another psychiatrist with AIIMS said, "We live in such
an urban set up today where we do not know what is hapepning
to our next door neighbour. This is why more cases of severe
mental illness and their abandonment by the society is being
heard of. The answer lies in checking the detiorating human to
human relationship."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 21:45

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