When someone says “I do not want to live”, or is constantly talking about death or refusing to speak or putting up statuses on social media platforms or Whatsapp, such as “Rest in Peace “or “I want to die”, please react!
This isn’t new, and has been happening frequently over the past few years. If it’s about mental health, situations often go ignored.
We all know about the unfortunate incident that took place yesterday in Delhi, where a 19 year old boy hanged himself from the ceiling at his rented place in Sant Nagar, New Delhi. Reports say that the corpse has been shifted to a morgue and awaiting the family’s arrival in Delhi before the post mortem can be done.
A graduate from Satyawati College, under Delhi University, Hijam Bharat hailed from Manipur, and resided in the national capital with his two relatives, Rohin and Gautam, who were not present with him when the incident took place.
Apparently, Hijam had told his friend about killing himself a few hours before he actually committed suicide.
According to sources, Hijam’s friends did admit that they didn’t take the threats seriously, and therefore, did not react to it!
Hijam’s neighbours found him hanging from the ceiling when they peeped in through his window on Tuesday.
If we consider his social media updates, it was quite evident that the boy was disturbed for various reasons and was under high depression.
His friends say he was quite conscious about his appearance to the point that did not want to see himself in a mirror.
Hijam wore braces, and apparently kept pleading his parents for money in order to get a jaw surgery done. He had this constant fear of getting handicapped and thought he might lose a limb which proved that he suffered from a psychiatric condition too.
From his actions right before he hanged himself, it appears that that he was seeking help, but received none.
TIME8 got in touch with psychologist, Dr. Nahid S Islam who believed that Hijam suffered from Body Dysmorphic disorder, where a patient goes through anxiety over one’s physical features that ultimately leads to low self-esteem.
Though Dr. Islam was not very acquainted with Hijam’s condition, she suspects that he also lived in a delusion, where Hijam was so preoccupied with negative thoughts on his bodily appearance.
Dr. Islam also pointed out that in the last few years there has been a boom in the thinking processes of the people about being good looking and healthy, which sometimes backfires and turns out to be an obsession. Islam goes on to say that awareness is the need of the hour, where family and friends should become more sensitive if they notice depressed, worried or anxious people around them and their behavior becomes extreme.