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October 1, 2020

The Psychology of Corona

The Crisis The deserted streets, schools, colleges, parks, shopping malls, railway platform and airports offer a very disturbing scene to us all, invoking a plethora of emotions and fill us with fear, anxiety, uncertainties, sadness and a feeling of impending doom.  The anxieties and uncertainties created by the Corona pandemic seem to be the mother of all anxieties – this crisis doesn’t just threaten our lifestyles, livelihood and sense of security but also our own existence and that of our loved ones. During such times people generally start questioning the meaning and purpose of life, the goals that they have
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October 1, 2020

The Goals in Life

We generally don’t get asked what is the goal or purpose of eating delicious food, or smelling a rose or having sex, but we do get do asked what is the purpose of working hard or earning money. It’s because we see the first category of activities as “the end in itself” whereas the second category as “the means to an end.” Applied to life, when someone asks what is the ultimate goal of life they are seeing life as a means to something and not an end in itself, otherwise they won’t ask this question. Whenever spiritual Gurus get
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Lockdown has evoked emotions of fear, loneliness, anxiety, separation, loss, helplessness and not being in control of our lives. If we analyse deeply we will find that we don’t feel the same at all the time. These negative emotions come and go, or we move in and out of them. How does that happen? We can see that this is not because we are distracted or denying the emotion, or are unmindful of the situation that has triggered these emotions. Perhaps a part of our mind can deal with these emotions but the other part can’t, and our level of
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Is it possible to do psychotherapy effectively under lockdown? How should it be different from psychotherapy under normal circumstances? Are telephone/video therapy sessions good enough? How should therapists respond to clients anxieties when they themselves are experiencing fear and insecurity? Is it okay to de-catastrophise patients’ anxieties related to the pandemic? Should therapists behave like national leaders during wartime, inwardly insecure and frightened but outwardly courageous and boosting public (client) morale? Should they be more authentic in the therapy room or hide away their emotions behind the therapist opacity and impenetrability that they can use legitimately. During this crisis situations
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Scores of Questionnaire×

PHQ-9 Score Summary

Score Depression severity Comments
0-4 Minimal or none Monitor; may not require treatment
5-9 Mild Use clinical judgment (symptom duration, functional impairment) to determine necessity of treatment
10-14 Moderate
15-19 Moderately severe Warrants active treatment with psychotherapy, medications, or combination
20-27 Severe

GAD-7 Score Summary

Score Symptom Severity Comments
7-10 Moderate Possible clinically significant condition
11-15 Moderately Severe Recomended consult doctor
>15 Severe Active treatment probably warranted

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