Netflix-addict drives partner to attempt suicide
BOYFRIEND GLUED TO SCREEN LEFT TEXTS, CALLS UNANSWERED
Mumbai: A man’s nighttime obsession with media service provider Netflix left him with little time for his romantic partner, driving her to suicide.
The BCom graduate consumed dangerous quantities of sleeping pills as boyfriend ignored her calls and messages every day. She was saved by timely intervention by her family and is undergoing therapy at KEM Hospital in Parel.
“She ingested her mother’s sleeping pills,” says Dr Shubhangi Parker, head of the Psychiatric Department at KEM,
She has been undergoing cognitive therapy for three weeks, which focuses on problem-solving and thinking about the present rather than the past, says Parker.
“She was depressed because she was not getting emotional support from her boyfriend and felt humiliated and ignored,” she added.
Therapy revealed that the woman is sensitive and emotional. “She was not abused in the relationship,” says the doctor. “The only problem was his addiction to streaming videos, which she felt was the reason behind the change in his behaviour towards her.”
Doctors reserve their opinion on whether the relationship can be saved.
“We are yet to evaluate the man,” say doctors. “If he is neglecting his daily duties to watch videos online, he might undergo robotic behaviour in the future.” If so, the task would be to make him aware of his addiction. “His partner would play an important role in changing his attitude towards the online streaming platform,” says Parkar.