- Student suicides raise a major concern for the nation
- Depression or anxiety can be one of the reasons
- Study links insomnia, dream factors and suicidal behaviors in students
- Nightmares found to be more in people with increased suicidal behavior
- Study recommends further research to determine psychiatric intervention into the issue
It has been a normal incident for the majority of the World’s population to hear news about student suicides and several researches have been carried out to understand the causes behind it. As per the information furnished by National Crime Records Bureau (India), one student commits suicide in India, every one hour.
Think! Isn’t it a grave issue that needs the world’s attention? What can be the reasons for such a behavior among our young people?
Researchers says that inability to cope up with the failure in exams and unemployment have been found to be the reasons for suicides while depression or anxiety arouse from exam failures and sleep disorders, causes the students to kill themselves.
A recent research on insomnia, dream factors and suicide among college students across the country links the dream factors like nightmares and sharing about dreams with others with suicide.
The study was conducted by a team of professionals at Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, and included 400 students from different parts of the country. 100 students from each group of Engineering, Medicine, Arts and Commerce were observed as a part of the research.
As per the research, 18 percent of the participants recorded presence of Clinical Insomnia and it was higher among commerce students, lower among medical students.
About 68 percent engineering student were able to recall their dreams while 58 percent arts students had current nightmares (nightmares during their student life). 22 percent of arts students had suicidal behaviors already while some also confessed to attempt suicide.
The researchers claim that nightmares might be depressing, uncontrollable and leading to hopelessness in students urging them to end life at least for some seconds. Meanwhile, the study also says that many students dreamt of harming themselves or causing some harms to their loved ones like parents, siblings etc.
The study published in the latest issue of Industrial Psychiatry Journal recommends an intervention into analyzing dream factors which might help in controlling suicide rates among students in India.