Bengaluru, Apr 6 (PTI) "What if I get coronavirus, will
my kin contract this disease?"
"What if I get the illness but because of the lockdown, I
am not able to reach the hospital?
"When I reach the hospital, will I get ventilator
support?, will doctor be available or not to treat me?
"When I die (from Coronavirus), will anybody come to
cremate my body? Will I be stigmatised ?
Hospitals treating COVID-19 cases, doctors attending on
patients and help-lines have been receiving calls of this kind
over the past few days from anxious and concerned people
worried over the pandemic.
"People go on anticipating worst scenarios, this has to
be broken. This is a cycle of concern which will snowball into
worst preoccupation", a mental health expert told PTI.
Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and
Neuro Sciences, B N Gangadhar, who has more than 30 years of
extensive experience in the field of mental health from both
clinical and academic perspectives, terms such concerns as
normal reactions to unusual situations.
"Majority in this condition get better, almost 95 per
cent of them become all right.
Its a good thing, whatever the illness (those anxious),
its a short-lived illness, not more than a fortnight to a
month, it leaves no scar, unlike HIV, it comes and goes, there
is no need for panic, the recipient of the Padmashri award
Referring to the ongoing lock-down in the country,
Gangadhar, a senior professor of Psychiatry, pointed out that
the Government was not in support of most bandhs in the
past, and people had freedom to go about.
Now, its government which has ordered that we remain
indoors. And that came rather unexpectedly.
Such (ongoing) lockdown hitherto no one has experienced.
What we have not experienced is uncertainty of numbers of
days (of the lockdown), he noted, referring to the people''s
anxiety, he said. PTI RS APR
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