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Neha Hebbale
Neha Hebbale | Reporter
Updated Jun 09, 2021 | 16:28 IST
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  • The pandemic has triggered a psychosocial crisis in the country today
  • The NIMHANS helpline saw about over 14,100 distress calls in May

Bengaluru: The pandemic has triggered a mental health crisis in the country today, with experts terming it as a psychosocial crisis. There has been a massive surge in cases of people suffering from mental health issues.

In fact, as per the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), the number of people in need of mental health support and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has gone up by four times from the first wave.

The NIMHANS helpline that saw about 3500-4000 calls a month during the first wave, is now seeing over 14000 calls a month.

As per the experts, we spoke to, there has also been a drastic shift in the concerns people are having. While in the first wave, it was the stigma around the infection and people struggling financially, the second wave has been all about loss, grief, bereavement, and death.

This comes at a time when experts feel that the psychosocial needs for coronavirus patients and their family members are often overlooked. Dr Pratima Murthy, Head of Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, says that people must not ignore the symptoms and speak to someone about the way they feel.

"We know that symptoms of anxiety and depression are the most common symptoms along with sleep disturbance, feelings of being overwhelmed, upset, and anxiety. These are very common symptoms that everyone may experience at some time or the other during the pandemic and after the pandemic," she says.

The most common issue people are facing today is a post-traumatic stress disorder. This can happen to people who have witnessed traumatic events, seen war, had bad childhood experiences, etc. The same is now being seen in people who have been in ICUs, hospitals and have gone through intense levels of anxiety during Covid times. Healthcare professionals treating patients too can face this

Many Covid-19 warriors who are experiencing burnout too have been calling on the helplines.

"As healthcare professionals, we all have to wear an extra mask of strength, to show that we are resilient. That mask has to come off. It is going to take a toll on all of us. There's only so much we can do. We are not responsible for every dying patient or for every angry family member. We definitely need external help from professionals," says Dr. Murtaza Ghiya, an emergency medicine specialist.

Experts opine that the best way to get good holistic health, which is not limited to simple medication, is to engage in activities and keep ourselves busy. 

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