Doctor Answers

July 20, 2021

Dear Doctor,
I am recovering from Covid infection. I became positive last month. It was a very tough period for me. I still have weakness and leg cramps. I am feeling very sad these days. I am thinking when all this will end. How will I have my freedom back? When we will stop wearing masks? It is difficult to sleep. I have bouts of cough especially at night. I keep checking my saturation. I think I will never become alright.
Pranav

Dear Mr Pranav,
At the outset accept my hearty congratulations on defeating Covid. You should be very happy and feel blessed about same. It must have been tough for you. But I am sure slowly but surely you will get better. Eat protein rich food. Follow a routine. Take rest. You have symptoms of depression. I would recommend that you consult a psychiatrist so that you’re able to be more positive. Physically, you are on the road to recovery. Positivity will improve your Quality of life.

Dear Doctor,
I lost 2 relatives to Covid in the first wave. It was devastating for me. In the second wave, my neighbour got seriously ill with Covid pneumonia. I seriously think that I will Get Covid. Even if I sneeze I cannot sleep the whole night. I keep visiting doctors. I keep googling Covid related stuff. My family doctor asked me to consult a psychiatrist. Am I going Mad?
Reeta

Dear Reeta,
I can understand what you may be going through. It’s heart-breaking to lose somebody. During a pandemic it is but natural to feel hypochondriacal. But, if it is excessive it will lead to disruption of your day to day routine and you won’t be able to enjoy your life. I am sure you are careful and taking all the necessary precautions not to contact Covid. However, you continue to search for its symptoms. I would strongly recommend that you stop googling your symptoms and doing medical searches on the same topic. Idle mind is the devils workshop. Keep yourself busy. Talk to positive people. Have a good routine. Eat protein rich food. Consulting a psychiatrist is a good idea because counselling goes a long way in improving mental health. Having a professional listen to you impartially makes a huge difference. All the best.

Dear Doctor,
Can you give me some tips to be more positive? I have lost my job. My brother also is jobless. My parents are old. We don’t have much savings. Whenever I look at news and hear what is being said, I think we are close to dooms day. At times I believe this pandemic will never end and things will never go back to normal. And some days I feel that everything will be okay. Earlier I was able to pray but now I cannot concentrate. I am a graduate and I had a clerical job. It is a very hopeless and helpless situation.
Michele

Dear Michele,
Here are your tips to be positive
1. Believe in yourself
2. Follow good routine
3. Don’t watch too much of news
4. Exercise regularly
5. Learn a skill which will later help you get a good job
6. Help your brother to also do the same
7. Take care of your parents
8. Continue to pray even though you cannot concentrate
9. Spend money judiciously
10. Keep yourself busy
11. Keep in touch with your friends and talk to people who are positive in their outlook
12. Keep the communication channels open with future employers

I am sensing underlying depression. I would recommend you visit a mental health professional to rule out syndromal depression which requires treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

By Dr Supriya Hegde Aroor
Dr Supriya Hegde Aroor is a consultant psychiatrist at Arogya polyclinic Falnir & professor and head of department of Psychiatry Father Muller’s Medical College.
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Comment on this article

  • John, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Just faith no good but it needs to be activated and kept alive... The Power of God in healing... Book of Wisdom Chapter 16:12-13 Says 12 No medicine or ointment cured them. They were restored to health by your word, O Lord, the word which heals all humanity. 13 You have power over life and death; you can bring a person to the brink of death and back again and in Gospel of St John Chapter 1:1-4 says, Jesus is the Word of God, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. If one repeatedly SAYS above verses many times daily even with the simple medicines or without, can work wonders...

  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Does faith in God helps in reducing depression and worries?

  • Gayathri, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Nuclear families, urban life, refined food , corporate life, IT sector, gadgets and electronics, have made us machines without emotions. Children who are glued to the apps and tabs become obese . They don’t have problem solving skills and end up in depression. Parents watch their children with pride when the children use gadgets. Psychiatrists are heartless. They will hear you out for 2 minutes and prescribe. Why don’t they address the root cause, rather than this shallow counselling

  • Kiran, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 21 2021

    Dear Doctor, Wish you the best of luck on your mission to help more people have a stronger mental state and stay positive in their attitude towards life. Unfortunately, due to the conditions prevailing right now in our society, many of us are going through such negativity.

  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 20 2021

    Good counselling Doctor. Some cases need Divine touch and blessings also. This is Specially to those young and old who are looking for Divine healing touch for virus or vaccination side effects. Thousands of Covid 19 healings as per testimonies received by Gifted and Anointed Priest Fr Dr Jose Vettiyankal of Logos Retreat Centre, Bangalore who conducts free online healing prayer service everyday between 15:00 to 16:30 for all faiths, including doctors and hopeless cases. Also he blesses the Holy Oil, Water, Salt for healing, online. Following video of today's service... https://youtube.com/watch?v=cq8nA3MKRfc


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