New Delhi: Patients from various companies, including those who work from home and those who commute to work, are reporting an increase in panic attacks and depression as a result of the growing number of layoffs because they fear losing control over their immediate future plans, according to mental health experts.
In January, thousands of software workers, including over 3,000 on a daily average, are leaving their employment.
Health professionals claim that the previous two to three years of Covid lockdowns, fatalities, and re-infection fear, as well as the current wave of large layoffs, have caused great stress for Indian professionals.
According to Dr. Saumya Mudgal, Senior Consultant in Psychiatry at Max Hospital in Gurugram, there has been a sharp rise in the number of MNC patient visits.
There has been a noticeable rise in the number of patients who come with panic disorder and agoraphobia in addition to panic disorder and anxiety. According to Dr. Mudgal, some of them already take medicine, and both the need for medication and the intensity of symptoms have increased.
She claims that many patients arrive with recently developed or new symptoms of anxiety as well as adjustment problems related to anxiety or mixed anxiety.
For the majority of individuals, being laid off or losing your job is a tremendously stressful situation. It's a period of economic uncertainty, loss of control over your future, and uncertainty.
This may have a substantial influence on a professional's mental health and induce anxiety, depression, shock, and sadness, according to Dr. Rishi Gautam, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC.
"It interferes with sleep and appetite, raises the chance of abusing drugs and alcohol, worsens irritability, lowers self-esteem, and promotes family strife, among other things," Dr. Gautam told IANS.
The epidemic and the widespread layoffs, according to Dr. Arti Anand, a leading clinical psychologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, both unexpectedly struck out the working class.
"This causes worry and dread. The best approach to handle it is to be able to utilize your resources, rather than panic and quit worrying about the future, she said.
According to health professionals, keeping supportive friendships and family ties, engaging in regular exercise, and cultivating mindfulness are the best ways to handle these unpredictable times.
Maintain an optimistic view and attitude. Avoid thinking statements like "I'll never have a career again" or "I'll never like my work again," according to Dr. Gautam.
According to counselling psychologist and Embrace Imperfections founder Divya Mohindroo, anyone affected by the recent layoffs should cope with it constructively rather than emotionally.
Make a list of possible employers, examine the firms and possibilities that are available, seek for ways to upgrade your skills, and if necessary, consider diversifying into other industries, she said.
"Approach employers while mentally prepared to market their qualifications and convey their position. Networking with friends, ex-bosses, and coworkers is crucial, the speaker said.
All professionals should delegate their job obligations to coworkers and family members, according to Mohindroo. This will make them more responsible and upbeat about their lives and the tasks at hand.