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It has gone as far as a doctor committing suicide in US as she was feeling helpless in treating the patients due to lack of resources...So for once the saviors are impacted and at highest risk for not only consist but also for depression , insomnia, anxiety, increased alcohol consumption... such an immense fear that you may cause the infection to your loved ones when you go back home every single day.. is very distressing yet you continue to do the noble profession...... for one to embrace it every single day and fight one’s fear and the fear and illness of patients is not an easy task. Doctors should be discussing with their peers.. and watch their moods in terms of feeling sad, mood swings, increased irritability , increased anger..please speak to someone competent to handle mental health. Says, Dr. Preeti Singh, Sr. Consultant Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Paras Hospitals , Gurgaon 

As a doctor, there is always a constant fear that runs in mind that what if I am spreading the deadly coronavirus to my family, who diligently follow the hygiene guidelines as suggested by the health bodies. They have really forgotten when was the last time they watched a film or show on TV together. Life has become an emergency drill. Being a doctor at a full-fledged COVID-19 hospital, their life revolves around emergencies. A large proportion of healthcare professionals, specially doctors are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and psychological distress. They report severe symptoms, which should not come as a surprise, as they often must engage in a lot of emotional labor, like reassuring patients, while keeping their own emotions in check. Doctors who are in hotspots usually show a higher degree of a psychological burden compared to the ones away from them. says Dr. Shweta Sharma, Consultant- Clinical Psychologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurugram.

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