Today morning at 10: 15 am, a 56-year-old patient named Ramsing Jaiswal, in Seven Hills hospital located in Andheri, Mumbai, committed suicide, by jumping from the 8th floor of the hospital. Five days ago, he had undergone a heart bypass surgery. According to the information provided by the hospital administration, he was responding well to the treatment and was supposed to be discharge soon.
Though the exact reason behind his suicide is not known, police are considering the possibility of his illness being a reason. Such extreme step taken by him has left the doctors in the hospital who were treating him confused. After a successful surgery and a good recovery rate, such a thing was unexpected from him. On the backdrop of this, psychiatric experts have stressed on the need of psychiatric help before and after a major operation.
“In case of chronic illness such as diabetes and heart problems psychiatric help should be taken. Even if patients do not have any history of mental illness, undergoing a surgical procedure is bound to put stress on a person. In such situation, psychiatric therapy can ease their mind and relieve stress,” said Dr Sagar Karia, Secretary Bombay Psychiatric Society (BPS).
Any major surgery takes the emotional and physical toll on a patient. So according to Dr Heena Merchant, ex-secretary of the Bombay Psychiatry Association and assistant professor at KEM Hospital there should be thorough counselling of the patient before and after surgery.
“Patients and relatives need to be made aware of the pros and cons of a surgery. They should be made aware of certain facts such as what changes it will make in their life. Sometimes patients are worried about their recovery, they may also have some sort of financial burden. Counselling will help them overcome negative thoughts,” Dr Merchant said.
Mumbai based psychiatrist and the chairman youth wing, Indian Medical Association, Dr Sagar Mundada also expressed the need of counselling of patients and their family members. “Sometimes patients and family members have some different ideas about the surgery. Counselling will help clear their doubts and they will be mentally prepared. Usually, patients have a good rapport with the surgeon so he/she can do this. If the surgeon is busy, any professional psychiatrist can help.”