By Shivangi Chawla
NEW DELHI: The Covid pandemic has taken anxiety among Indians to record levels with a recent survey showing one in every four persons is so stressed that he or she actually requires medical intervention. Every second Indian shows of some signs of anxiety, reveals the survey conducted on a web based platform between April and May by the department of mental health and behavioural sciences at Max Healthcare , Saket . It involved 1069 individuals, mostly from Delhi, UP , Haryana and Maharashta .
Dr Sameer Malhotra , director and head of the department who led the project , said 55% of the people who participated in the survey had met the criteria for significant depressive symptoms. ” Nearly 27 % of the people reported that idea of self-harm or death had crossed their mind at least once while 3% reported having such thoughts repeatedly ,” he added.
The senior psychiatrist also said post Covid lockdown , they were continuing to receive distress calls from families of persons suffering from anxiety , depression and thoughts of self harm.