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A week at AIIMS: 5 doctors admitted to Psychiatry Ward, One attempts Suicide


A week at AIIMS: 5 doctors admitted to Psychiatry Ward, One attempts Suicide

While many may attribute this increase in stress due to longer working hours and increasing population pressure at AIIMS, Sources at the hospital ironically told MAIL TODAY that there is a rise in a number of such cases due to increased reporting as previously such matter used to be hushed up or not brought to light.

Delhi:  In a short span of a week , five doctors attached to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi have been admitted to the psychiatric ward, seeking treatment for mental health as per a recent report in India Today. The news which did not come as a surprise to many familiar with the plight of resident doctors indeed raises questions of the mental safety of doctors working in government hospitals.

Mail today reports about the admission of these doctors, who seem to have been stricken with the disease of stress. A senior professor of psychiatry division, on the condition of anonymity, told Mail Today, “I myself have seen and admitted at least two doctors in the past two weeks. One of them has been discharged now and the rest are being treated.” Doctors at the hospital also informed that an anesthesia resident tried to commit suicide in the last week, but was thankfully saved by fellow colleagues

While many may attribute this increase in stress due to longer working hours and increasing population pressure at AIIMS, Sources at the hospital ironically told MAIL TODAY that there is a rise in a number of such cases due to increased reporting as previously such matter used to be hushed up or not brought to light.

The senior faculty and Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) have demanded the administration to appoint Psychiatrists/psychologists so that they could share their problems and also to install a helpline number but they later alleged that no heed has been paid to the same.

“For a very long time, we have been demanding counselors and one helpline number where we can share our problems but these demands have not been fulfilled. Also, there is a serious problem of lack of hostels on the campus. After working long hours, when doctors visit their rented accommodation outside the AIIMS, there is a feeling of loneliness. Here inside the campus, at least we can sit together and talk with others after work,” Dr Bhatti, RDA President told the daily.

Many issues such as lifestyle, work stress factor, acceptance from the administration, cultural issues, sexual, depression and anxiety could be the contributors to their mental distress.

Medical Dialogues team had recently reported about a 24-year old post graduate medical student hailing from Tamil Nadu allegedly committed suicide by Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh by hanging himself from the ceiling of his hostel room. No suicide note was recovered from the spot, yet his colleagues informed the media, that he was suffering from depression.

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  1. I fully agree with Dr Amitava Banerjee. The young generations are exposed to tremendous stress from very early childhood. We parents are also to blame putting them into that horrible rat race. But the pattern and marks oriented education system is the actual culprit and the next one is our unit family. Because we parents are running after the income, our children hesitate to share their problem with us thinking, they would not overburden us with their problem. They can not even share their problems with their friends because they dont spend a minute in playground, no NCC, no Boyscout etc. And almost all the school or college friends are their competitor.
    In our times, the scenario was totally different. We had parents, relatives even distant,teachers AND actual friends to share our problems. I did my PG from PGIMER in 1984-87 with tremendous workload, but we had great friends, seniors and teachers who were very supportive to all of us.

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    Dr Vrinda Kamat March 17, 2018, 11:34 am

    i fully agree with Dr Amitav Banerjee. Even our generation had long working hours, pathetic hostel conditions , too many patients to handle. But the difference between the coming generations is they are exposed to too much stress at a very young age when it is not required. So they become a mental wreck by the time they reach college.

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    dr chandan lala March 17, 2018, 11:10 am

    Very sad & frightening but good that medicos are recognizing, accepting & getting treated for stress disorders. Brain like any other organ in the body can fall sick, so why a taboo ?. Junior doctors need to have a legally binding work contract with clear 8-10 hours daily work, 24 hours on site on-call followed by one full day off in a week, compulsory 15 days off every 6 months & single/married accommodation on campus. Another thing which i strongly feel, professors/ senior doctors should be more sympathetic towards juniors and not behave like \”demi-gods\” & treat juniors like professional / personal slaves.

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    Barid Bhattacharya March 17, 2018, 11:06 am

    We need to learn from other countries and take steps to prevent such tragedies. In the US, for example, suicide rate for doctors is higher than that of the general population.

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    Dr Amitav Banerjee March 17, 2018, 9:28 am

    The coming generations have higher fragility. This is due to long years of stress starting right from school years, inflated marks in board exams, coaching classes after school hours leaving no time for recreation and developing individual personalities. By the time they enter college they are already mental wrecks. In medical colleges, the same cycle starts all over again. Nowadays a simple MBBS degree does not carry much prestige. So the undergraduate medical student while in college is preparing for entrance exam for PG seat. Again the cycle of coaching classes and cramming for competitive exams to get a PG seat. So by the time one gets a PG seat one is a bigger mental wreck. The rat-race does not stop here. Just a mere MD/MS will not do. One has to do a super-specialty. Seen against this background of a medico\’s life such incidents should not surprise us.