I have been guiding and counselling a 23-year-old for the last three years. He has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety.
His symptoms started after his grandfather passed away due to multiple medical complications. This triggered within him feelings and thoughts that something bad was going to happen to him as well. With constant obsessive thoughts of getting infected with germs or some virus, he would incessantly check the Internet for signs and symptoms that he imagined he had. For months he thought that he had low immunity and assumed he had an auto- immune disease. This slowly translated to his fear of contracting HIV. Thus emerged his repetitive compulsions of hand-washing, checking, doubting and cleaning. Eventually he gave up his job, socially withdrew from friends and family and confined himself to his bedroom as he was riddled with severe anxiety and panic attacks.
However, over a period of the last 8 month, with medications for his OCD and anxiety, the intensity and frequency of his symptoms reduced significantly after which he regularly began attending Cognitive Behaviour Therapy sessions, and resumed his normal routine and daily functionality.
But with the COVID-19 outbreak and social-distancing while staying indoors, his symptoms worsened significantly in the last two weeks.
This is however not a rare case. We have suddenly seen an increase in the number of mental health related cases in the last two weeks and depending on the situation, it is likely to get worse. assuming it will get worse.
For adults or children who have a predisposed personality or suffer from any form of anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks, stress, OCD, hypochondria, claustrophobia or other related mental health conditions, this lockdown and social isolation can be difficult, and even unravel many symptoms.
The red flags, signs or symptoms one needs to be cognisant of include:
– Worsening of pre-existing symptoms related to stress, anxiety or depression.
– Constant obsessive, intrusive, ruminating thoughts that cannot be controlled or stopped with regards to the virus, like – contracting it, getting quarantined in even more terrible conditions, spreading it to others, fear of self or loved ones dying, and anxiety about not having access to investigations or treatment.
– Severe anxiety symptoms like palpitations, difficulty in breathing or breathlessness, chest pain, headache, blurred vision, or tremors.
– Headaches, back aches, chest pain or other vague psycho-somatic symptoms with no real medical cause.
– There can be very negative thoughts, irritability, mood swings or feeling very low or on edge all the time, and thoughts of impending doom.
– Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness and mental fatigue.
All this can lead to repetitive behaviour that includes constant-checking, cleaning, hoarding (items for the house, face mask, medication, hand sanitisers), increased hand-washing / bathing, or obsessive reading and watching TV, news, browsing social media or the Internet for further information on the topic.
Thus there is a disturbance in sleep pattern or appetite, difficulty with focus, concentration or attention span, inability to follow daily schedules and eventually a lapse in functionality.
This can lead to some adults turning to varied forms of substance abuse such as alcohol, drugs or excessive smoking to negate their symptoms.
Coronavirus Can Get Children Worried: Here’s How To Have The Talk
In the wake of coronavirus, several schools and colleges have been shut in many parts of the world to contain the spread of COVID-19. As public awareness and conversations around the novel virus increase, the situation can get the children anxious and worried for their family members and friends.Parents, family members, teachers, healthcare professionals and trusted adults play a significant role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate and minimise their fear or anxiety.Dr Sreenath Manikanti, Senior Consultant Neonatologist & HOD Fortis La Femme Hospital, Richmond Road, Bangalore shares a few tips to help make the corona conversation easier around children.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing such symptoms it is important to reach out immediately to a mental health professional to initiate timely treatment and counselling sessions. This can be done online with the use of various platforms.
What can help
• Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus. There are teams of professionals across the world trying to fight this out.
• Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
• Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Listen to music, draw or paint, do yoga or mediate regularly, pursue a hobby, read or write.
• Maintain a regular sleep routine, eat healthy foods and maintain a balanced diet. Avoid binge-eating.
• Try to maintain physical activity. Stretch regularly. Try and do some floor exercises.
• For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and establishing a schedule.
• Avoid obsessively watching disturbing news and social media
• Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
• Do not feel helpless or hopeless about this situation and do reach out for mental health assistance if needed. It is okay to not be okay at times such as these; but it is essential and necessary to seek professional help or guidance.
(Dr. Zirak Marker, Sr. Psychiatrist & Advisor – Mpower – The Centre, is a renowned child and adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist with clinical training. He has over 18 years of experience in Educational Psychology, and is currently the Medical Director of the Aditya Birla Integrated School; for children with learning disabilities and psychological/emotional problems.)
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Ma’s The Word
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries. And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.
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