Aurangabad, June 11:
Many who have lost loved ones to corona disease are more likely to have traumatic experiences. Most of them need counseling, while others need psychotherapy. Of course, it has also become clear that this proportion is much higher in the second wave than in the first.
The country's corona mortality rate may have been lower than in other countries, but the number of people who died during the second wave is certainly significant. That is why the number of people who have had corona disease and have to be hospitalized or treated in the ICU or who have lost their loved once several days after treatment in the ICU is also significant. The grief of most of them is diminishing over time. At the same time, many people are facing trauma. Giving more information, psychiatrist Dr Vikrant Diwekar said, 'When a person close to you is infected or a person close to you has died, a gilt is formed in the mind of such person. Again, it is not possible to attend the funeral of a close person or perform the funeral as expected and this also has a profound effect on the minds of many. When the person concerned does not recover from the shock for more than a month, this type of problem can be termed as 'Complicated Grief'. Few of these individuals may even have suicidal thoughts. The symptoms of this complicated grief are similar to those of depression. Such acute problems may require counselling as well as psychotherapy. Of course, the symptoms for this are short-lived and such a person may soon return to pre-existing condition.
Depression was also seen in many patients. In addition, the incidence of mental imbalance i.e. psychosis was also found to be significant. Similar problems were seen in patients who had been treated for long periods of time, said Dr Diwekar.
The second wave of counselling and psychiatric treatment has been conducted on more than 100 people suffering from severe mental trauma. Such cases were certainly rare in the first wave. A small percentage of individuals had to undergo further treatment, said Dr Mohit Deshmukh, psychiatrist.