Hyderabad, July 31, 2017: Recent drug busts across the city brought to light the dark underbelly of sellers providing recreational drugs including LSD to young girls at schools in exchange for their obscene pictures. Frightening as it is, that’s probably the tip of the iceberg.
In an interaction with The Hans India, Dr K Jyothirmayi, Consultant Psychiatrist, Care Hospital, Gachibowli shares, “Females who take drugs are normally less. One of the main reasons the gender gets hooked is personality disorders. Normally, it begins around the age of 16 years to 24.”
Highlight the severity of the issue, she tells, “Borderline Personality is a kind of disorder where the patient is emotionally unstable, impulsive and depressed all at once. There will be some individuals who have Histrionic personality. These people want limelight, attention and we can see such examples in the media and film industry. So, they mostly seek drugs out of compulsion.”
“These types of personalities are called cluster-B,” she adds. “Using drugs begins due to peer pressure. It’s the same for boys and girls,” she reveals.
“Statements like ‘have a sip of alcohol and be part of our group’, or ‘have a puff of this and you’re one of us’ is the usual sentiment and everyone wants to ‘belong’ to something at that budding age,” states the doctor.
The friendships might break and groups scatter away but what remains is the ‘kick’ of the drugs. She warns that the information about narcotics and other recreational drugs is easily accessible with the click of a button. Even after moving being separated from bad friends, one becomes habituated to using drugs and will do anything to get it.
“What is needed is that our education system must have topics on psychological issues and drugs; such subjects are less and lack of information drives children towards wrong habits,” she says. Another bigger problem is the stigma surrounding drugs.
Elaborating on it, DrJyothirmayi says, “Sometimes when parents talk about drugs, children may know more about it. If parents are thinking that it’s better to avoid such topics lest their ward gets curious about using it, then that is the most incorrect line of thought,” she warns.
“Kids will find out from one or other sources. It’s better to educate them from home or in school and explain these are the drugs available and these will be the ill effects when used,” she adds.
One cannot forget that women are increasingly abusing drugs. According to the doctor, it is because of “equal opportunities” for both genders. “Most working women stay alone these days. There is a cultural shift, job pressure and what have you. Most of the times women resort to drinking and drugs to ‘fit in’ with the men and be seen as their ‘equal’,” opines the doctor.
“Being single for a long time can be another frustrating reason for them to resort to abusing drugs; they are trying to release sexual tension in some way,” she explains. Surprisingly, the rate of women taking drugs is increasing but, no one has statistics about their de-addiction and use.
“The main reason is that there are no centers specifically for women in Hyderabad that deal with the issue,” she said and adds, “Most of the women are uncomfortable going to regular de-addiction centers. They feel unsafe and fear that they will be labeled as an addict. They are afraid of their marital future as well.”
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94