COVID-19 is seriously affecting the mental health of people. This includes healthcare providers in Pakistan and the rest of the people. Many people have reported facing issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depressive equivalents, and anxiety.
Similarly, there has been an increase in substance abuse across the globe including in Pakistan. In war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan the situation is far worse.
According to the details, mental health experts from Pakistan and other parts of the world spoke at an international conference held at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC). The theme of the conference was “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access. Everyone, Everywhere”. The experts said that countries that are facing a severe economic crisis like Pakistan have been affected by mental health issues as well.
Professor Haroon Ahmed was the Chief guest. He said that in Pakistan people having a new type of depressions and PTSD symptoms were approaching psychiatrists for treatment.
He said, “People are complaining of symptoms like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to COVID-19- related stress and experiences. A newer type of depression, which is not clinically depressed, is also being observed where people are feeling lonely and [exhibiting] a lack of interest in daily life. These issues have a close relation to COVID-19 and its impacts on the daily life of people.”
Adding, “I have been saying this for the last several decades that there is no need to hide mental illnesses.”