Every year, 10 October is commemorated as World Mental Health Day. With the initiative of the World Mental Health Federation, it is aimed to draw attention to the importance of mental health and to raise awareness on the “World Mental Health Day”, which has been commemorated every year since 1992. This year’s theme was announced as “Mental Health in an Unequal World”. The World Health Organization is also 2021 The theme for the year was “Mental health care for all: Let’s make it a reality”.
Psychiatrist Assoc. Dr. Oğuz Tan evaluated post-pandemic mental health in his statement on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day.
Panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder have become common
Stating that some psychiatric diseases have become widespread after the pandemic, Assoc. Dr. Oğuz Tan said that these diseases are panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder according to most of the findings.
OCD patients not adversely affected
Stating that OCD patients were not affected as badly as thought during the pandemic process, Assoc. Dr. Oğuz Tan said, “There were some patients who got worse, but there were many who got better. The pandemic did not trigger OCD as much as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.” said.
There is an increase in panic disorder
Assoc. Dr. Oğuz Tan said, “It is not easy to say which fears are seen more frequently in the pandemic. We can say that we see fears such as quarantine and being intubated more often. Fears of death and sickness were always common. There is an increase in panic disorder. Fear of death is the leading symptom in the vast majority of these patients.” said.
You have to take precautions and move on.
Stating that life should continue despite the pandemic, Assoc. Dr. Oğuz Tan said, “People should take their precautions against coronavirus (vaccine, mask, social distance) and continue to live their normal lives. The one who is afraid dies every day.” said.