Net­flix-ad­dict drives part­ner to at­tempt sui­cide


DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Anagha Sawant

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.

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