Epidemics are increasing mental problems
Reyadul Islam — own correspondent “Health”
Thirty-year-old Kim Los has been upset about everything since recovering from Covid; It breaks down easily when something negative happens. Lately, fear works more, it seems when you get a little sick, maybe you caught the coronavirus again!
Kim Los, a social worker, lives in Dhaka. He told Health, that he had to deal with depression and frustration.
Physicians are identifying the issues like mental health problems. Just as these problems are seen in many who have recovered from covid, so too has the longhouse arrest of the epidemic affected many.
14-year-old Tanvi did not suffer from Covid-19. But the other problem that has settled in him is that he was caught returning to class after a long break.
Mother Nancy said, Tanvi is not able to mix with everyone as easily as before. They are giving him extra time at home to bring him back to normal.
“It simply came to our notice then. I hope it will be all right again. ”
Forty-year-old Meher, a resident of Dhaka, used to run the house but is still doing so. But a year and a half of epidemics have changed his life.
Now his tendency to get angry has increased a little. Although he is not seeking medical attention, he is taking various suggestions online.
“I used to go out first, to get around, I haven’t been out of fear since the beginning of the epidemic. Excluding Bua, work pressure has also increased. Opportunities for both relaxation and recreation have diminished. I feel that the pressure has increased. ”
Psychologists say that coronavirus has a big impact on mental health. Just as epidemic conditions are creating new patients, so are the complications of older patients.
Professor, Nilu Jahan of the National Institute of Mental Health said that they are now getting more patients who already had some mental problem.
“People who used to be mentally ill were under control by taking drugs, now their mental problems have increased. They are taking longer to recover. Their suffering has increased. ”
The doctor believes that the coronavirus epidemic is affecting most of the new and old patients who come with mental problems.
“I did not find any problem by asking various questions. There is no unrest in the family, there is no economic tension. But it is taking time for them to get better. Especially for those who suffer from depression, the number is higher now. ”
Highlighting the issue of stress or stress behind such problems, Professor Nilu said that one of the worries of Covid-19 is working with people.
“Students have been affected due to the closure of schools and colleges. Many have lost their salaries professionally, many have lost their jobs, and are coming to us. These are the indirect effects of Covid-19. ”
Nilu said that they are also getting mental problems after recovering from Covid19.
“With the reduction in coronavirus infections and deaths, there is some relief now,” he said. The delta strain of coronavirus, which originated in India, has put a lot of pressure on patients at a time when deaths are on the rise in the country. ”
Educational institutions in the country were closed for about a year and a half due to the increase in coronavirus infection. Although the school-college classes started on September 12, it has not become regular yet. Direct teaching is closed in many universities.
The psychologist said that the students are coming with more mental problems like depression, anxiety, and depression.
Mahmud, president of the Psychology Society, thinks many are under pressure to be aware of the fear of coronavirus and to protect themselves from it. Suffering after being infected is also increasing stress.
Explaining the various negative effects of the coronavirus epidemic on mental health, he said that now mental problems have increased more than before. It has also appeared in some studies.
“When people fall into uncertainty, into depression, mental problems are created. The income of many has decreased. If the struggle for life increases, the mental problems will increase, that is what has happened. ”
To prevent the transmission of coronavirus, the government has had to close down educational institutions as well as lockdown at several points. To ensure health protection, various organizations have also allowed the workers to work from home.
The professor thinks that the mental health of many has been shaken due to the breakdown of the family routine.
“The children are sleeping at night, waking up late. Eating time is not right. Not wanting to study. Students are more depressed. The number of people suffering from depression and anxiety has doubled during the epidemic.
“Once they have a mental problem, they continue. Because thinking, behavior changes. Many times it is difficult to fully recover without treatment. ”
After the epidemic was relaxed, the children had the opportunity to go out in the open air.
Mental health expert Mahmud thinks that mental problems are suffering more because they are not treated as ‘diseases’. Family quarrels, anger, quarrels, relationship complications are being created. Divorce is increasing the tendency to commit suicide.
In the beginning, he urged to find out the cause of the mental problem, he said, “Those who are mentally stressed need treatment. But people rarely go for such treatment.
“Again, many families do not want to admit that they are crazy. Consider it a personal problem. The root cause is ignored. ”
Recalling the responsibility of the state to protect the mental health of the citizens, the professor said, “The country is improving. But what is improving everyone’s mental health? The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer.
“Income inequality needs to be eliminated. The basic rights of the citizens must be ensured. Must have job security. Unemployment must be eliminated. The guarantee of survival and well-being must come first. ”
Psychologist Mahmud said, “People need to be employed productively to curb crime and increase preventive measures. People should not think of suicide.
He is advising to create a happy environment by thinking about the solution without looking at the problem to stay mentally healthy. He says to engage in recreational activities like singing, movies, reading books, or gardening.
He also urged everyone to be empathetic, to think positively, and not to despise anyone, in order not to increase stress and despair as well as to keep others healthy.
“However, these suggestions may not be effective for everyone. In that case, we have to see how complicated the problem is, ”said Mahmud.
Psychiatrist Nilu said the problem was getting worse in the country due to the lack of proper treatment for mental illness at the right time.
“Even after receiving treatment, the condition of many is deteriorating. They need to be rehabilitated. We have to make arrangements to involve them in the work that is earned, to take part in social activities. ”
Nilu said that one can also suffer from mental problems due to heredity. In that case, the environment must be kept friendly. ”
Emphasizing taking time in life, the psychologist said, “7–8 hours of sleep a day, 7–8 hours of professional work, rest of the time rest, entertainment, social work, looking for relatives — these should be included in the daily routine.