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PERSPECTIVE/VIEWPOINT - COUNTRY/REGIONAL
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-131

Psychosocial Aspects of Covid-19, the Indian Way


1 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Santosh K Chaturvedi
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_32_20

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The psychosocial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been related to not only the viral epidemic but also by the sudden and extended lockdown. The prominent psychosocial issues are related to the stigma, changed lifestyle, impact on persons with mental health problems and mental illnesses including alcoholism and substance use, chronic medical illnesses, and this being one or more major life event. Social issues due to this stigma manifest as avoidance, discrimination, isolation, and seclusion of persons suspected to be anyway related to Covid-19. There are also self-stigma and fear of spreading it to the family members. However, the stigma associated with Covid-19 reduced stigma toward mental health and focused on the need of mental health support. This pandemic and its consequent lockdown to contain the spread of the viral infection will form a new health-related life event. During this period, there is a growing concern about the rise in domestic abuse and violence being reported by the media. Lockdown brought about reports in media about emotional disturbances and maladjustments within families including families of persons with mental illness. Finally, there has been a revival of cultural defenses in the form of traditional practices; people are reverting back to a folded hand “namaste” instead of a handshake, washing hands frequently, and use of a mask.


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