A WHO report says that 7.5 percent of India’s population is suffering from some form of mental health issues in COVID 19. Most of them do not get any care.
Corona Lockdown: Beware If You Feel Trapped Inside The House
We are terrified. Those who are not physically vulnerable to corona, their mental health is also in danger. Corona is a novel, so we do not know much about the behavior of this virus. It is known only that thousands of people have lost their lives due to this. In this situation, our collective mental health is also being affected. Managing stress in COVID 19 has now become a need of the hour. The isolation of uncertain times, the fear of financial crisis, and the clamor of not being able to lead a normal life, all of this is pushing people towards mental disillusionment.
Mental Health Is Not An Issue In Itself
This is happening not only in our country but in the whole world. In countries such as the US, UK, and Canada, 80 percent of the text services Crisis Text Line, which helps depressed people, are associated with the corona-related environment. The novel coronavirus has left a deep impact on global mental health of the population. It is another matter that much attention is given to the treatment of physical diseases in India.
State Of Mental Patients In The Country
At present, an epidemic like corona has entered the threshold. In such a situation, all the health and wellness related infrastructure are in it. Who is going to pay attention to the victims of other diseases? Mental health is worse. Already, mentally ill people are facing further stress and getting difficulty in managing stress in COVID 19. We hardly get attention to them here.
In the 2015-16 study of NIMHANS, it was said that about 15 crore mental patients need medical help, but only 3 crore gets this help. Apart from this, according to a 2019 study by the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, the estimated expenditure of the government to implement the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 is Rs 94,073 crore, but the current expenditure is much less.
Corona has increased the environment, which many people in the country are already facing. A study in a journal called Lancet Psychiatry states that depression and anxiety are the most common mental disorders in India. Here one out of every five people is struggling with anxiety.
The WHO had already said that by 2020, about 20 percent of Indian people will suffer from COVID 19 impact on mental health. It simply means that at present, more than 200 million people are mentally ill. There are about nine thousand psychiatrists in our country. One doctor for every one million people. This figure should be three doctors per lakh. We have a shortage of thousands of psychiatrists. The sad fact is that the WHO was predated by Corona’s outcry.
Mental Health During Pandemic
Like this, all disasters and epidemics affect the mood of a person. The WHO report, ‘Mental Health in Emergencies’, states that all victims of emergency suffer psychological stress but most people come out of them after some time. In the last ten years, one in every 11 people experiencing such stress gets a mental disorder. One in every five has depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. Women are more prone to depression than men. Depression and anxiety increase with age. People experiencing some kind of emergency need mental health and wellness.
People were negatively affected due to the quarantine and the closure of homes. Medical staff in hospitals in Wuhan and reports of a lack of protective measures kept people worried. Scholars Lou Dong and Jennifer Buey of Georgetown University, Washington, called the paper ‘Public Mental Health Crisis during COVID 19 Pandemic China’, which is an influx of information on social media that has caused mental health and deterioration of people. The positive news of the media also did not spare the people. People began to become paranoid and their negative curiosity increased.
What is the right way to worry about the corona
It is natural to worry about Corona. But there is also a right way to worry. As Dr. Richa Bhatia, Faculty Member and Psychiatrist of Harvard and Dartmouth Medical Schools, has said in one of her articles – You know your enzyme. Understand that this feeling comes and goes, so it will go away after some time. Why don’t we set a time to worry about what can be called schedule preference.
Aarti Gupta, a psychologist who wrote the COVID 19 lockdown guide, is associated with the Environment and Depression Association of America. In this paper, he has written that lockdown does not mean that you are trapped inside. You have got a chance to slow down. Do productive work every day. Complete those tasks that you have been thinking about doing for a long time.
Suppose it is a physical distance, not social distance – that is, not physical distancing, but physical distancing. Like us, if you also want to maintain your mental health during pandemic, then take initiative in your way. Like physical illnesses, mental illnesses are also fixed. For this many times, it is also necessary to recognize that we are sick. The rest, the crises of disasters are averted – sometimes patiently. Sometimes by discipline.