There is a huge section of the media who have doubted even the existence of a Dangerous Psychological Game- The Blue Whale Challenge but recently the doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences have confirmed that the game does exist. The doctors have even reported it in a medical journal called “Asia-Pacific Psychiatry”.
Under Blue Whale Challenge, a group of administrators gives a participant a task to complete daily — for a period of 50 days — which culminates in the participant committing suicide.
Dr Y P S Balhara, an associate professor of psychiatry at AIIMS and who heads the Behavioural Addiction Clinic at AIIMS reported one such case where the father of a student spotted the application before anything dangerous could happen and rushes the patient to the BAC of AIIMS. The family later informed the doctors that the child was “normal” throughout his life, but preferred to be alone. Clinical evaluation revealed that the boy had symptoms of depression. The boy said he took up the tasks out of curiosity. Medication and Counselling have been given to the student to quit the habit.
Why this is noteworthy because there was no previous record of Blue Whale Challenge in any other medical journal as yet. Balhara, said they have uploaded a video on the BAC site to make people aware of the game, how to spot the signs of children being involved in it and how to avoid them. “The boy’s case confirms the existence of the game,” he said. “Children are susceptible to games that involve self-harm. So, parents and teachers should look out for suspicious behavior. Also, mental health experts need to take such concerns when pointed out to them seriously,” said an expert.
He added that unrestricted internet usage among children needed to be relooked at, as well.