(Palo Alto, California) July 17, 2003 - A Stanford University study adds to
a growing body of research that suggests anti-depressants may help curb the urge
to shop. The latest research, funded by the manufacturer of the drug ***, shows
those who struggled with compulsive shopping felt less anxiety and spent less
time shopping while taking the antidepressant. One man and 23 women who
struggled with compulsive shopping for at least two decades were studied for
twelve weeks. While taking the antidepressant, 71% of the subjects almost
stopped compulsive shopping… An estimated two to eight percent of Americans
suffer with compulsive shopping disorder. The symptoms include preoccupation
with shopping for unneeded items and the inability to resist purchasing such
Consumerism responsible for Youth Depression
Each year there is at least a five to seven percent increase in number of
youngsters in the city (Ahmedabad) suffering from depression, say counselors at
Saath, a suicide prevention centre. The numbers are worrying too.
On an average 15-20 youngsters with clinical depression problems approach me for
help every week. Most of them are in schools or in early years of college, says
Rajnish Singh, a psychiatrist.
The reasons are familiar. Stress, conflict in family environment, a hiatus
between aspiration and achievement and a sense of deprivation…
Vishwamohan Thakur, a psychiatrist blames it on the phenomena of Indian homes
turning into isolated television houses. The space for family interaction is
shrinking. Even though families have dinner together, they generally have it
while watching television. Thanks to consumerism, there is a growing sense of
deprivation especially among young growing kids. [TIMES NEWS NETWORK TUESDAY,
APRIL 20, 2004]
Money behind spurt in suicides
AHMEDABAD: The worrying rash of suicides in this Gujarat city is attributed
to financial problems -- police findings reveal that 80 per cent of the 300
people who ended their lives this year did so fighting monetary crisis.
According to a police study, nearly 300 people have committed suicide this year
amounting to one suicide a day, and an overwhelming majority did so because of
‘Earlier, the largest number of suicides were provoked by relationship problems,
including those to do with love and marriage. Now financial crisis emerge as the
main reason,' said Rajesh Vaishnav of Saath, a suicide prevention centre here.
According to Saath, some 350-400 people in the three major towns of Ahmedabad,
Vadodara and Surat commit suicide every year, some of them unable to cope with
the pressures of modern day living while others are mentally ill.
… Eminent psychiatrist Mukul Choksi described consumerism, easy availability of
cash through credit cards, consumer loans and the tendency to spend money beyond
their means as major factors leading to suicide. IANS [WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 03,