Noted psychiatrist Dr Kersi B Chavda will answer all your queries on the mental stresses surrounding the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus is a busy time for psychiatrists all over, especially in heavily-packed Mumbai, whose inhabitants live in much smaller spaces.
The pandemic and the stifling curfew have multiplied people’s anxieties.
Many -- actually most of us -- wake up in the morning wondering if the little tickle in our throats or a sneeze indicates we might have caught the virus. And morbid fear sets in.
Fear that cannot be chased away. It paralyses you.
Being confined to a limited space brings its own, often severe, mental stresses. Claustrophobia. Isolation. Loneliness. Suicidal thoughts.
Psychiatrist Dr Kersi B Chavda’s phone has been ringing non-stop as he handles Covid-19 worry-related queries from both old and new patients.
Senior psychiatric consultant at three Mumbai hospitals -- P D Hinduja National, Hinduja Healthcare and the Sir H N Reliance Foundation -- Dr Chavda now video-consults.
He has also joined various initiatives -- like the all-India Wellbeing Volunteers United with its free helpline, and Project Mumbai -- to assist people in connecting with psychiatrists during these trying times.
Dr Chavda will be on Rediff Chat on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 2 pm IST to answer your questions on any mental health issues you may be facing during the lockdown.
Please ask him only questions related to Covid-19 mental stress and mental health.