Lifestyle Change: India battles mental health crisis amid surge in Covid-19

Apr 29 2021 09:59 AM
Lifestyle Change: India battles mental health crisis amid surge in Covid-19

The second threat of coronavirus has turned more deadly, infecting more people and taking more lives. Further causing financial and physical constraints, it has also affected people mentally, creating panic in their minds.

The uncertainty about their present and future, coupled with government mandates to stay at home, is all exacerbating mental illness. The feeling of being cooped up at home, distant from their loved ones, devoid of social support and fear about new variants is increasing mental illness, according to mental health experts.

“The current situations are affecting the mental well-being on account of the uncertainty of the present and the future, the impact on the physical health of the self and loved ones, impact on work and productivity, and as a result, an effect on the relations that surround them,” said Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.

While the current scenario is affecting all individuals, regardless of their age, gender or other demographics, more adolescents and adults have reached out seeking help for mental health issues. “Since the beginning of April, there has been a rise in tele-psychiatric consultations by at least 20 percent. While the face-to-face consultations have plateaued, teleconsultations requests for seeking help have steadily increased,” said Dr. Satish Kumar, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Manipal Hospitals, Bengaluru.

The most prominent problem reported by people is anxiety and depression. Teens are more stressed out about their future plans, resulting in an existential crisis while the adults are overwhelmed by the fear of survival, financial insecurity and job security


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