The state of Karnataka: Rising mental health issues in COVID-19

With the coming of 2020, the outburst of coronavirus has proved to give utter shock and great disbelief to the present generation, Karnataka is a clear example. Lots of aims and aspirations of the youths are crushed under this deadly disease, thus resulting in mental and health issues. Not only the youths, but the impact is deeply felt among the older generations too. Following this huge economic losses and decline in population shaped the country this year. Progress and upliftment are challenged in every sphere, whether it be for the professionals or the students.

The thin line between the warriors of this disease and those traumatizing its ill-effects is diminishing slowly. Transportation and growth faced a huge loss due to the improper flow of goods and services. Despite this, different states are facing the impact of coronavirus in varying ways. In some places, the scenario has shown little positivity with high check and guidance, but most of the states are really putting their utmost effort to mitigate the affected rate as soon as possible.

COVID and mental health issues

Coronavirus is not only the issue as observed by some, because adding to this challenge, people are also battling with psychological and mental problems which is more or less the same as this disease.

Doctors, nurses and others helping out in this matter with continuous efforts has shown great hope, despite its deadly nature. Governments are taking all possible steps and civilians too are helping out in this cause.

Karnataka, a state of India is facing violent effects of coronavirus as reports show that, people there are not only fighting with the disease but are also facing severe mental and psychological disorders.

It was observed that mere counselling was not enough, and as a result, hundreds of them needed psychiatrist intervention. The impact of Covid-19 was felt mostly from May and following this as data accessed by TOI; the government has conducted 4.8 lakhs counselling sessions.

Results of these sessions showed that nearly 8000 of them had taken medicine for issues ranging from severe depression, adjustment disorder to even suicidal tendencies. Already shattered by the pandemic and now adding issues to this is seriously a misfortune that is never thought would be experienced.

Counselling:

As per the data from the Government of Karnataka, tests for coronavirus have been conducted for 1.4 lakhs citizens. Among this, 1,242 patients were treated. Huge numbers of the people were also kept in isolation or quarantined, which is estimated to be 2.6 lakhs. Tests were thoroughly taken up for migrant workers and healthcare workers in good amount.

Following them, about 2,620 doctors too were tested for this cause. Although every possible way is ensured to cope up with the disease still mental problems proved another challenge before the doctors. In regard to this Psychiatrist, Dr A Jagadish says: “Mere counselling has not been enough in many cases. When a patient needs psychiatrist intervention and medication, it means the condition is severe.” Then in another case he said, a patient from Hubballi turned suicidal because of apprehensions. He also added that her condition worsened when she was tested positive for coronavirus.

Dr Jagadish further said that she was tested positive during the early days, and due to this, private hospitals weren’t allowed to treat COVID patients. Then the woman was shifted to Victoria Hospital, from where she received her treatment from the psychiatrist. Dr Jagadish then said, “We are happy that she became alright.” According to the health and family welfare department, it was observed that counselling and treatment happened with those most who were in quarantine, followed by COVID patients.

The psychiatrist further analyzed that he and his team counselled and treated migrant workers too. They are those sections of people who are in deep mental shock due to the loss of their livelihood. After them, the counselling of doctors and healthcare workers began in July. But to the greater relief, “none required treatment so far”, was said by one official.

Reports:

As per the reports, out of 4.8 lakhs counselling sessions, 71,002 were migrant workers and 12,477 for healthcare workers and doctors. It can be estimated that the numbers are good and treatment has been given to more than 1,500 migrant workers. The Government of Karnataka is working effectively and ensuring well being in every possible manner.

A psychiatrist and Deputy Director, Dr Rajani, department of health and family welfare elaborated that in most cases “supportive psychotherapy” has been enough. He explained that there were instances where people have been severely depressed, very anxious or suicidal, there they have administered medicines.

Dr Rajani urged that in those situations, people must seek help, whenever in distress”. She gave a report saying that there are 80 psychiatrists, 31 psychologists, 41 social workers, 60 nurses trained in counselling. They are effortlessly working round the clock. Adding to the report, she talked about a case where she witnessed a techie who complained of fatigue and stress.

Further, this, progressed to anxiety and sleeplessness as his fever was persistent. Dr Rajani said that the time did come when the patient wanted to give up on everything. And she emphasized that such cases need immediate treatment. It can be measured that the level of mental problems is ranging to a high level, and immediate care is the need of this hour. Frustration, shock and depression following COVID-19 is a great drawback to the concerned state of Karnataka.

Deadly virus and psychological problems:

The deadly virus, along with psychological problems, has risen with time and its quite natural. People are just to stay positive and engage themselves in the field of their interest. Migrant workers include the illiterate sections of the society, who are to be handled with precision and care. They are to be made aware and guided in relation to mental as well as physical health.

They were consulting a psychiatrist regularly if suspected with any such issue. Family and friends should be regularly contacted, which can be the reason of once’s happiness. Battling with depression and anxiety, the Government of Karnataka can make yoga compulsory to ensure a healthy mind. A disease shouldn’t be that strong to break down one’s morale, and hence self-care is the need for the citizens.

Doctors and nurses should take every possible step to maintain their mental health. It is obvious that COVID 19 shook the roots of people as well as the economy and higher the tensions are getting with time. But suicidal tensions is not the solution to this problem; becoming mentally handicapped can have no outcome. Instead, motivational videos and good books can benefit to a greater extent to develop the mental well being of an individual.

Being a warrior is what counts in this time, and battling together can solve our problems. Apart from these, the Karnataka Government should plan out new ways that can benefit its citizens to tackle the problems of depression. Youths can be encouraged by their parents so that they do not pressurize themselves with additional tensions. The most important measure should be self-development rather than self breaking.

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