Wednesday 21 October 2020

Doctor who diagnosed Sushant was suffering from bipolar disorder a quack

The self-styled therapist of Sushant Singh Rajput, Susan Walker Moffat has spoken once again. Now she says that he “suffered from bipolar disorder” and that it was her “duty” to go public with the ‘information’. However, doctors and other medical professionals have now come out on social media, alleging that Moffat is not qualified to make the diagnosis. A doctor has alleged Moffat is a quack.

Dr Vishnu Vardhan wrote on Facebook, “A psychologist is not a doctor. Their education qualification is BA or a MA in psychology. They mostly deal with issues like stress, anxiety and offer counselling as treatment.”

The doctor added, “Psychiatrists are medical doctors. They are MBBS doctors and have specialised in psychiatry. They are the ones who diagnose and treat psychiatric illness like bipolar disorder.”

The doctor said the family of Sushant Singh Rajput could “take legal action” on Moffat for

  1. Putting out confidential medical details of a deceased person in open
  2. For claiming to treat a person on the illness for which she has no expertise or qualifications
  3. She is a quack
  4. She is obstructing the ongoing investigation

Tagging Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta, a professional clinical psychologist with RCI registration now pursuing a PhD wrote that the woman claiming to be a psychologist and therapist could be booked. “Even if she has masters in psychology, without MPhil training and RCI registration, she had no right to treat a person with mental health issues. This is not even an ethical violation but a fraud,” she wrote.

Earlier, speaking to journalist Barkha Dutt, Moffat had said, “In light of the misinformation and conspiracy theories currently raging on social media about Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty, I have decided it is my duty to make a statement. In my capacity as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, I met Sushant and Rhea on several occasions in November and December 2019 and communicated again with Rhea in June of this year.”

Speaking ad nauseam on a subject she is hardly qualified to issue prescriptions on, the alleged quack said, “Sushant was suffering from bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that can be crippling for an individual during an episode. The symptoms of which can include severe anxiety, major depression and sometimes disordered thinking and paranoia. The continuing, appalling stigma around mental illness makes it very difficult for patients and their families to reach out. This has to stop. Mental illness is no different than cancer or diabetes. It can affect anyone, regardless of class, financial status and so on. In a way that cancer can.”

The alleged quack added, “People with mental illnesses and their families need to feel safe from discrimination so that they can get their treatment and support and acceptance they need. There is no shame in having a mental illness. Should one feel ashamed of having cancer? Mental illness can be treated, it is often the shame of having such an illness that can drive people to suicide. Along with the absolute torment of being in the grip of an illness that affects the ways our minds and emotions work.”

Kin rubbishes claim of ‘fake’ doctor

Slamming the alleged quack Moffat on her statement claiming that the late actor “suffered from bipolar disorder”, Rajput’s brother-in-law Kirti said yesterday that the disclosures were not only “unethical but also illegal”.

Kirti questioned the validity of Moffat’s claims, saying that he had been in touch with Sushant till 2019 and he knows that prior to October-November 2019 — before meeting Rhea Chakraborty — no one “ever complained about his mental health”.

Sushant’s brother-in-law said that it would take six years on an average to diagnose the symptoms of mental health problems like bipolar disorder. He said, “Susan, however, very conveniently diagnoses Sushant in less than two months and perhaps over a couple of appointments, with a life-changing diagnosis.”

A friend of the late actor is among others who doubt that the diagnosis Mumbai Police was in a hurry to publish was authentic.

Bihar Police and Mumbai Police are investigating the mysterious death of the actor while neither is probing it from the angle of murder, which many people believe is the case.

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