Vijayawada : The decision to commit suicide that the three sisters took was spurred by the feeling that they had lost everything: the technical term for the condition is “grief acute stress reaction”, said Dr. V.V. Kiran, assistant professor of psychiatry at Guntur Medical College and Government General Hospital, Guntur.
The condition impels the person to take a quick decision to end their life, even as it takes its painful course through five stages.
Resuming normal life does not happen until the person has traversed these stages, which in medical parlance, is abbreviated to the acronym, “DABDA”. Dr Kiran said that the first letter, D stood for Denial. A for Anger. B for Bargaining, D for Depression and the last letter, A was for Acceptance.
Patients are at first indenial, refusing to countenance that the sudden loss has happened to them, Dr Kiran explained. In the second phase, they get angry, putting the blame on someone or something, but remaining silent. In the third stage, they pray for help, which is the bargaining stage. Thereafter, they go into deep depression, unable to find a solution for the problemandwhen everything around them looks grey. It’s only after this that they reach the fifth stage, or acceptance, wherein the patient is able to accept the damage and move on to lead a life of some peace.
Dr Kiran explained that it could take from days to years to cross these stages, the damage in each person’s case being different.