Study reveals an increase in cases of mental illness

According to a recent survey by the Indian Psychiatry Society, there has been a 20% increase in cases of mental illness. The blockade has completely changed people's lifestyle, as their movements are restricted. Isolation, social distancing, uncertainty at work, constant fear of contracting the virus are causing panic attacks and anxiety among people. Online consultation at Practo, which is growing at a 100% week-to-week rate, has seen a sharp increase in the number of consultations coming in for psychiatry.n According to Practo Health Insights,

Mental health has seen significant growth among users of online consultations in India, not only in metropolitan cities, but also for people in non-metropolitan cities after closure

Online consultations for Psychiatry on Practo's eConsult platform grew 50% in the last two weeks.

Most queries come from people in the 21-30 age group

There has been a significant increase in the number of inquiries from people age 60 and older. People of this age

group is the second largest group in terms of mental health consultations, behind only people in the 21-30 age group

74% of all consultations related to mental health come from men, while 26% were from women.

Mental health consultations grew 80% in metropolitan cities in the last two weeks, while consultations in level 2+ cities grew 35%

Most of the mental health related consultations were from Delhi NCR, followed by Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai.

In non-T7 cities, most of the inquiries came from Phagwara, Rewa, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

The main questions discussed were loneliness, anxiety and stress management, and panic attacks.

Dr. Alexander Kuruvilla, Practo's Director of Healthcare Strategy, said: eConsults is empowering patients and professionals across the country by improving access to quality health services in difficult situations like these. Fear of illness, anxiety/loneliness due to social estrangement can take a toll on overall well-being during these situations, and consulting a specialist will provide you with much-needed support and clarity. Doctors on our platform consult patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the physical and mental well-being of their patients. vision to make quality health care accessible to all Indians and will continue to provide more support in the days ahead.