Strong social fabric cure to Noida-like episodes: Psycologists

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New Delhi, Apr 13: Shaken by the incident of two sisters, who starved in self-imposed confinement in Noida for months, psycologists today 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

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