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20% jump in patients with mental illness since virus outbreak: survey

Mar 31, 2020 11:33 IST

There has been a steep rise in patients with mental illness since the coronavirus outbreak in the country. A recent survey conducted by the Indian Psychiatry Society, says there has been about a 20% jump in the number of patients, adding that at least one out of every five Indians is suffering from mental health-related issues. Adding to this, is the 21-day nationwide lockdown, that has triggered anxiety among people who are scared of losing their businesses, jobs, earnings, savings or even basic resources. Experts say the new cases are mostly anxiety, panic attacks, and alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

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