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Covid-19—A mental health doctor explains why we are so anxious

Dr Roshan Jain

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Apollo Hospitals, Bengaluru

3 min read

Understanding your reaction to unrelenting stress during these uncertain times

We are living in stressful times. As we enter the 16th month of this unrelenting pandemic, many are already stressed and burned out.

We have endured much—from fear of infection to health concerns about Coronavirus, from the pressure of keeping up with the ever-changing news to stresses about restrictions and isolation, and to cope with changes in work patterns or loss of employment or managing children and their education at home. Our worries were already high, and the second wave arrived and multiplied our fears with unimaginable grief and trauma due to the loss of loved ones.

I must emphasize that our stressful reaction to Covid-19 is understandable. Stress is a normal reaction, and some amount of stress improves attention and performance. During the outbreak, stress is necessary to enhance vigilance and motivate us to take precautions to safeguard our family and help prevent the spread of the virus.

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