Delhi NCR: Covid patients are battling mental illnesses too. The Disabled Combined Hospital in Ghaziabad has written to the medical officer requesting that a psychiatrist be referred for counseling and treatment of such patients.
Anxiety, Neurosis and depression are some of the mental health problems Covid patients are struggling with at several hospitals in Noida and Ghaziabad.
The Disabled Combined Hospital in Ghaziabad has written to the medical officer requesting that a psychiatrist be referred for counseling and treatment of such patients.
Dr Sanjay Teotia who is the chief medical officer said that there are many patients who have won Covid but are so scared of infection that they are not ready to go home from the hospital. About five to six patients refused to return home or were released. He said that they have given them beds on the other side of the hospital as they will not be forced to leave.
Dr Saket Nath Tiwari, a psychiatrist who is a consultant with national mental health programs said that they have been advising Covid patients for the past one year. Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are common problems that patients face. The helpline number – 0120-4155313 – is available and they can contact us with their questions and concerns. In addition, they can come at the OPD at MMG District Hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
According to Dr Chanda Yadav, a clinical psychologist through the program, they have been receiving three to four calls on the helpline daily. Dr Yadav who is a Noida doctor also said that In this case, all the families were affected and many of them witnessed the deaths. We also see cases of depression with patients who have repeated thoughts of self-harm. To address these concerns, we teach them how to relax. In addition, we urge them to spend time on hobbies or share with family members. He also said that there are growing cases of anxiety and depression among residents.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) in the city has been running a “call-up” service with the help of the Noida Authority. Dr Mohita Sharma who is the IMA secretary in Noida said that most of the incoming calls now are for doctors and psychiatrists. There are people who are not Covid patients but who have anxiety problems as they fear infection.
Dr Kiran Jakhar, a psychiatrist at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), said that for patients who have been in the ICU for a long time, there is a high risk of developing ICU psychosis and delirium. He also added saying that this did not appear in the case until last year. These cases are also very serious.