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Health crisis continues to take toll on mental health

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Illustration of a woman struggling with mental health problems(Shutterstock/Chinnapong)

Fear of losing jobs. Cabin fever and inability to focus while working from home. Limited interaction with friends and families. Unable to afford daily needs. For the past seven months, the outbreak has changed the lives of many Indonesians.  All these uncertainties have been an added psychological burden, especially on young adults, a recent study published by the Indonesian Psychiatrists Association (PDSKJI) has shown. Gladhys Elliona, 26, a writer and a postgraduate student from Yogyakarta, said she had been seeing a psychiatrist for a year now. She was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which is characterized by excessive worry about things in life. She said before the COVID-19 pandemic, she did not have to wait long to see her psychiatrist. “I visit my psychiatrist once a month. Back then, there were less than 10 people waiting to see...