Express News Service
RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Recently, a 60-year-old lady from Pidimgoyya village in East Godavari district died by suicide fearing that she too may contract coronavirus after her husband examined constructive for COVID-19.
The lady was mentally disturbed over her husband testing constructive. She slit her throat and died earlier than being shifted to hospital, Bommuru police stated. Another lady jumped into River Godavari after her husband died of COVID in Korangi village, however fortunately she was rescued by native fishermen.
These could also be stray circumstances of individuals getting mentally disturbed ever since the pandemic unfold in the State. But psychologists say that individuals could also be efficiently recovering from COVID-19 however some of them usually are not in a position to overcome the psychological trauma of getting distanced from their close to and expensive.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, Rajasekhar, head of Department of Psychology, Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU), stated individuals who have efficiently recovered from COVID usually are not in a position to overcome the psychological trauma.
“It is the stigma connected to the an infection that’s inflicting a worry amongst the contaminated individuals. Some of them had not even bought examined to know whether or not they have been really affected by the virus or not,” the Assistant Professor stated.
Rajasekhar stated that on-line psychological counselling for COVID patients launched by Adikavi Nannaya University is getting a superb quantity of calls from individuals. Though the on-line counselling was speculated to be for individuals of twin Godavari districts, the counsellors are getting calls from not simply different elements of Andhra Pradesh, but additionally from neigbhouring Telangana and Karnataka.
AKNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagannadha Rao got here up with the initiative to supply counselling to individuals, who’ve been witnessing a change in psychological behaviour out of worry. “We have obtained a name from a scholar who was below great psychological stress and it took us two hours to counsel him,” Rajasekhar stated.
“It is anxiousness and worry issue based mostly on assumptions, which have been making them unable to handle stress. They worry about stigma and social boycott after testing constructive for the virus. It is all half of anxiousness and illusions,” he defined.
Not simply at their private stage, persons are fearing that their members of the family can even face social isolation, in the event that they check constructive for the virus. The staff of 38 psychologists, who’re providing on-line counselling, are attending to just about 15 calls a day since the initiative was launched. “One day, we even bought greater than 30 calls,” they stated.
Rajasekhar underlined the need for introduction of counselling companies in faculties and schools for college students to cut back their COVID-related stress.