This time has been the most challenging for the Corona warriors fighting the epidemic. Many Corona warriors even lost their lives, but most of those who are still in service have become victims of depression. Compared to the situation before the Corona period, the level of depression in them has increased more than five times.
DMC Hospital did online study on 260 resident doctors and PG students of nine medical colleges
This conclusion has come out in the study of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) located in Ludhiana. This online study was done on 260 residents i.e. junior doctors and PG students of nine medical colleges of the state. It included 170 female and other male doctors. In a study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry, DMCH, it was found that 60 percent of junior doctors became victims of depression and 67 percent anxiety during the Corona period.
Mental health of junior doctors deteriorated in medical colleges, depression in 60 percent, anxiety increased in 67 percent
Department Head and Professor Dr. Ranjeev Mahajan said that before the Covid period, when we had done a similar study in medical colleges of Punjab, 11 percent of doctors were suffering from depression and 17 percent were suffering from anxiety. The percentage of anxiety has increased alarmingly. Dr. Mahajan also referred to the study done abroad. He told that in China, stress and anxiety were found in only 22 percent, while 35 percent of medical students were in a depression. In many other countries also this figure is less than in India.
These are the main reasons
what can doctors do
The study also provided advice for doctors. They exercise regularly. Stay in touch socially. Stay away from negativity. To update the knowledge, watch news channels etc. within the prescribed limit. Whenever someone feels some change in themselves, start treatment immediately. Don't ignore the symptoms.
“If the relatives of the patient feel that something happens to the patient, then the doctors do not care. We feel as much grief over the death of a patient as the family members. We cannot sleep because we have watched him closely for many days. Every day we go to the emergency, ward, ICU and meet patients. keep in touch with them. We have an emotional connection with them. The relatives should understand that the doctors are also a part of their misery.
- Dr. Ranjeev Mahajan, Head of Psychiatry Department, DMC.