Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, July 24
Even because the ‘normal behaviour’ is registering a change within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, psychologists and counsellors from town are reporting a rise within the incidence of phobias and anxiousness problems amongst folks. “People are experiencing social isolation. Problems like anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCDs) are showing an increase,” says a city-based psychologist and counselor, Dr Ravinder Kala.
Emotional deprivation is exacerbating these issues. “We, as a people, are used to touching and hugging. But with restricted social interactions, the people are feeling emotionally deprived,” she provides.
A 35-year-old Ludhiana-based schoolteacher, requesting anonymity, says the pandemic dominates his ideas. “The first thought that crosses my mind in the morning is Covid-related. I worry about the safety and health of my children. At night, too, I have anxious thoughts about Covid-19. I get very worried when youngsters in the family show carelessness about precautions and guidelines,” says the trainer.
According to consultants, in some instances, the precautions develop into ritualistic and elaborate to a pathological diploma. There is a sense of loneliness and a fear about life. Such persons are too scared even to enterprise out of their properties. Those who’re already anxious and have low coping skills are extra affected. At the opposite excessive are the people who throw all warning to the winds. “Whenever we face any potentially threatening situation, with time our anxiety level becomes a little less intense. This is due to habituation. In fact, habituation makes us less fearful and also less cautious,” explains Dr Kala.
An Ayurveda advisor and counselor, Dr Suneet Aurora, talks about ‘emotional immunity’. “As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, the term ‘emotional immunity’ assumes significance. Just as we need immunity in our body to prevent and fight infections and inflammations, so we need a strong emotional immunity too,” he stated throughout a web-talk. He defines ‘emotional immunity’ as having a balanced thoughts that’s immune to unfavourable stimulus. “Lockdown was same for everyone, but people suffered according to the condition of their physical, emotional and financial immunity.”