Stories about suicide

Bombs, rape and death: Are we suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Mood and anxiety disorders are prevalent all over the world and they exist in different types and forms. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that stems from traumatic or life threatening experiences encountered by an individual. The events experienced may vary, from natural disasters and severe automobile accidents to violent personal assaults, life-threatening situations and wars. The individual initially responds with intense fear, hopelessness and horror and later develops symptoms which are visible when her or she revisits the event through perception or conversation. Patients who suffer from PTSD also have trouble sleeping. These patients have a lot of anxiety, ...

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Paris Jackson and media sharks: Give the girl a break

The alleged suicide attempt of Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, has once again thrown the Jackson family into the spotlight (as if it didn’t have enough of it already). Reports suggest that Paris Jackson attempted suicide because she was not allowed to attend a Marilyn Manson concert. However, there are many underlying factors that could lead to such an incident – the  least of which was the concert. I believe it has more to do with the overzealous media attention and attacks on her privacy in the name of celebrity journalism. Anyway, Paris is safe in the hospital and her family is pleading ...

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Jiah Khan: You should have lived for those who love you

“To be or not to be?” Gazing in the mirror, Bollywood starlet Jiah Khan (25) must have contemplated this before committing suicide by hanging herself at her posh residence in Juhu, Mumbai, on Monday night. Alas, the answer she got from her inner being was negative. Jiah was not to be; the young, promising actress gave up and ended her life. There must have been something serious that was troubling Jiah leading her to take this extreme step. After making a dream debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Varma’s 2007 film Nishabd, the actress showed a lot of promise. Her ...

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A day in the life of 78-year-old Riaz

It’s Monday morning. The alarm has started wailing in its almost cynical tone as per the daily routine. It is time for Riaz to drag himself out of bed and face another listless and robotic day at work. The tea is cold as usual and the bread two days stale. Living in a locality bearing the brunt of both the electric and gas loadshedding means the water never really reaches a point of warmth, let alone the boiling point. Baked bread is too expensive a luxury so this stale piece must do. Upon reaching work, the young supervisor starts barking orders ...

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At the age of five, I experienced sexual abuse

It all started when I was about four or five years old. I used to live in a small rural area located near Mirpur Khas in Sindh, Pakistan. I stayed there for nearly a decade. By means of introduction, I come from a moderately educated Muslim family background, where the joint family system is preferred. Just like any other family, in front of my parents, I was a typical ‘playful’ and happy-go-lucky five-year-old boy, but there has always been something inside me that I could never share with anyone – not even my mother, who is the closest to me. I used ...

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On a bus to Nazimabad, I made a new friend

The long awaited bus to Nazimabad was about to leave. Smoke from the traffic had clouded the road, making it hard to breathe and you could see people covering their faces to avoid being choked. Loud voices of men, the incessant wailing of babies and flinging of bags resulted in a racket which was so constant that one’s ears soon got immune to it. Various people hovered around the bus stand which would normally pique my curiosity, but not today – today, my mind was preoccupied. I was worried, as always, about money. Apart from iron deficiencies, my family faces severe financial strain which seems to worsen ...

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Could Kamran Faisal’s death have been prevented?

Kamran Faisal, an official of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his hostel room a few days ago. His family and colleagues have refused to accept his death as a suicide, terming it a ‘premeditated murder’. A number of texts, which he sent a few days before his death to his friends have been leaked to the media; these reveal his concerns for his personal safety. Sources reveal one text message that chillingly captures his frustration and dilemma with the pressure tactics employed by senior officials of NAB: “DG HR want affidavit in back date ...

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My misery, my struggle against myself

Her pace quickened- her water bottle dangling from her arms and her school bag bumped about her shoulders. She inhaled deeply as she started to get out of breath but she did not stop running. A few strands of her hair came loose from her pony tail and brushed against her cheek. She tucked them behind her ear, but she did not slow her pace. Finally, at the sight of her school, she heaved a sigh of relief that she would be safe for at least eight hours now. She made her way to her class, and buried her face in ...

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Tooba Imtiaz: Were her in-laws to blame?

The month of October brings heat, dust and the promise of a soon to come winter. It also brings with it the sad memory of a vibrant rose bud whose life was ruthlessly cut short. It has been a year since the young and beautiful Tooba Imtiaz left this world forever. Last October, Tooba was found dead at her in-laws house in Karachi. She was 23-years-old and pregnant. After her tragic death, Tooba lived on in the hearts of her two brothers and her widowed mother. Speculation has it that Tooba was murdered by her own husband and her father-in-law, but ...

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My parents love me, but I can’t love them back

My parents are not divorced and no, they don’t fight all the time. They love me and I know it. I just can’t seem to love them back. So the story goes somewhat like this. I was thrown into a boarding school when I was still young. I was bullied day and night; my teachers were not too great and I was beaten up by the prefects and everyone in authority. Sure, I had spent my childhood getting beaten up by my father and my grandfather a million times, but I thought boarding school was supposed to be like Harry Potter, not The Dead ...

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