The loss of happiness, an intangible fallout of COVID-19
A recent survey in US revealed that as much as 80 per cent of that country’s adult population was experiencing problems associated with prolonged stress. In India too, a similar situation seems to prevail. The pandemic, disasters both natural and man-made, like the Telangana floods and the Vizag gas leak, and evolving discontent, such as the situation that has led to the ongoing farmers’ protest, have created an overriding atmosphere of gloom. The quality of happiness appears to have been lost.
Dr K Srinivas, Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist at KARLA Mind Center, Hyderabad, explains how the pandemic has affected mental well-being, pushing many people towards issues like anxiety and depression. He says, “From a psychological perspective, there was a huge paradigm shift. During the pandemic, post the imposition of the lockdown, many patients had relapses of mental conditions for which they had been treated earlier. The mental disturbance people experienced during the initial weeks of the lockdown, and the trauma of the event are being felt even today.”
According to Dr. Srinivas, mental disorders quadrupled during the lockdown. People had to cope …
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