Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir has cautioned parents about a social media game “blue whale” saying a new trend has started in the social media circles all over the world in which youngsters especially teenagers are becoming target of a particular suicidal game where a person is asked to do divergent tasks ranging from simple endeavors to even suicide.
Quoting Dr Nizamuddin, consultant psychiatrist, DAK said the patients in younger age group with mood disorders, borderline personality disorders (cluster B personality), substance use disorders, impulsive disorders are at higher risk for these types of games because of their impulsivity, self harming behaviours, emotional instability, suicidality and anger outbursts. Parents, teachers, counselors at schools and guardians are advised for early identification of such type of high risk behaviours and to take extra precautions and psychiatric interventions at the earliest. Dr Nizam further added that such type of disorders if picked up earlier are treatable. Awareness through different mediums will play a vital role in this regard.