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International Journal of Psychiatry Research

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Maternal filicide and extended suicidal attempt: A case report from rural south India

Author(s):

Dr. Chandrashekhar Chavan N, Dr. Anitha Rayirala and Dr. R Archana

Abstract:

This case report discusses the tragic phenomena of maternal filicide and extended suicidal attempt, which garner significant concern for researchers, legal professionals and clinicians. The case involves a 25-year-old woman from rural South India who experienced peripartum depression following the birth of her daughter, leading to feelings of hopelessness and suicidal ideation. The report highlights the factors associated with these acts such as psychiatric disorders, a history of suicidal behavior, psychosocial stressors and the role of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis in peripartum depression and its connection to hormonal changes during pregnancy and childbirth. The case underscores the importance of early detection, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and appropriate interventions to prevent such devastating outcomes and the need for increased awareness and support for maternal mental health, as well as collaborative efforts among healthcare professionals, social services and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals at risk and potential victims. Addressing the complex psychopathology and social factors associated with maternal filicide and extended suicide can help prevent future cases and promote the well-being of mothers and their children.

Pages: 16-20  |  14 Views  10 Downloads


International Journal of Psychiatry Research
How to cite this article:
Dr. Chandrashekhar Chavan N, Dr. Anitha Rayirala and Dr. R Archana. Maternal filicide and extended suicidal attempt: A case report from rural south India. Int. J. Psychiatry Res. 2024;6(1):16-20. DOI: 10.33545/26648962.2024.v6.i1a.61
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