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The weight on India's mind: Rising psychological problems amid Covid-19

Amid growing stress over isolation and job insecurity, people are developing serious psychological conditions and many with existing problems are experiencing a relapse

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Watching the condition of migrant labourers or the free fall in the economy is becoming the cause of panic attacks. Photo: iStock

Swapnil Joglekar
Financial uncertainty, health concerns and boredom— these are some of the issues Indians are sharing with their therapists. Psychologists say more people with mental health issues have been forced to restart psychotherapy since the lockdown came into force on March 24.

Faced with poor internet connectivity and frequent power outage, which make video chat difficult, people are opting for phone-based counselling.

“People’s assumptions are getting challenged. Earlier, they felt even if they were disturbed internally, the outside — their job, their ability to freely move around the city, their physical health — was under their control. Now they are feeling as if

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First Published: May 23 2020 | 9:28 PM IST

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