Mental health

Some of those most active in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are also the ones most vulnerable to its devastating consequences on mental well-being. In this article, Raddur, an undergraduate student who volunteered at the frontline during the pandemic, writes about the effect of this unprecedented crisis on our mental health and a few small steps we can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
 
A first-hand account of the impact the lockdown has had this young researcher – the stresses, worries, and experience of being at the cusp of one’s career.
 
During social isolation, people have been staying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. In order to stay informed and maintain awareness there has been increase in news and media consumption. But after months of restricted movement and social distancing, people are restless. Not only are they tired of being in lockdown, they are also feeling worn out by news – a condition now known as news fatigue.
 
We spoke to Biju Viswanath, faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, about possible mental-health-related consequences of the present situation and what individuals and families can do to cultivate resilience.