About 3,000 tech professionals are losing their jobs on average daily in the month of January, including thousands in India.
doctor Saumya Mudgal, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry, Max Hospital in Gurugram, told the IANS that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients coming from MNCs.
“These patients often have panic anxiety issues and panic disorder with agoraphobia and there is a huge increase in these patients. Some of them are already on medication and the need for medication has increased and the severity of symptoms has increased,” said Dr. Mudgal to IANS.
According to her, many people have new or recent anxiety symptoms and adjustment problems related to anxiety or mixed anxiety. Layoffs and job loss are very stressful experiences for most people. It is a time full of uncertainty, economic challenges and loss of control over your future.
According with the doctor. Rishi Gautam, assistant professor of psychiatry, at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC, this can lead to a significant impact on a practitioner’s mental health and cause anxiety, depressed mood, shock, and sadness.
“It affects sleep and appetite, increases the risk of unhealthy drug and alcohol consumption, causes worsening irritability, loss of self-esteem, family discord, etc.”, said Dr. Gautam to IANS.
The Doctor. Arti Anand, a senior clinical psychologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, said the pandemic and mass layoffs had brought down the working class without any warning.
“It leads to fear and stress. The way to deal with it is to know how to use the available resources, not to panic and stop thinking negatively about the future”, he advised.
Health experts said to navigate these uncertain times, maintain supportive relationships with friends and family, exercise regularly and practice mindfulness.
Maintain a positive attitude and outlook. Avoid generalizing negative thoughts like “I’ll never have a job again or I’ll never like my job again, etc.”, said Dr. Gautam.
Divya Mohindroo, founder of Embrace Imperfections and a counseling psychologist, told the IANS that those affected by the current layoffs need to deal with it practically rather than emotionally.
“Start making a list of potential employers, research the opportunities and companies available and look for ways to improve and even diversify into other sectors, if necessary”, he advised.
“Approach employers while you are mentally prepared to describe your situation when applying. It’s also important to network – with friends, former bosses and colleagues,” she said.
All professionals should share their work responsibilities with co-workers and family back home, which will help them not only be accountable but also feel light about life and the tasks at hand,” noted Mohindroo.
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