Psychiatrists: Mumbaikars experiencing anxiety,nightmares due to Corona fears
BL Soni

Mumbai: Many citizens are experiencing psychological problems due to confinement at home as well as the overarching panic that Coronavirus has created in their mind. City shrinks are getting cases of people complaining of anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, high blood pressure and illusions.

The number of people visiting the shrink with such complaints has been on the rise, said Dr. Yusuf Machiswala, Psychiatrist. He added that in the last 15 days many who have returned from abroad are in the fear of being infected by the Coronavirus.There are also instances where doubt has consumed the minds of people as simply they have returned from a foreign country or an affected country.

Some of them are suffering from sleeping disorders like insomnia while others are complaining of nightmares of death or being admitted to the ICU. Instances of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD) are also common where people are constantly washing their hands or taking a bath. There are some people who are neither touching others and nor letting anyone touch them. Matcheswalla adds that such symptoms have increased in the last 15 days.

The fact that Coronavirus is discussed in every household has also increased the problem. Many fake messages spreading undue panic have also added to to people's anxiety.

"People are suffering from mental disturbances due to the fear of Coronavirus. Shock treatment was administered to some of the middle aged and senior citizens. Counselling, medicines and behaviour therapy is also resorted to in many cases," added Matcheswalla.

The issues are far and wide ranging including anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder.

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