About 53% at the Covid-19 intensive care hospital, which treats serious patients, suffer from anxiety disorders, 17% stress and 20% depression, according to a survey from Cho Ray hospital, the results of which have been published. Monday.
The risks of having mental health problems increase for patients who required oxygen support or ventilators, with up to 67% of these patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Tri Thi Minh Thuy, a volunteer and psychotherapist at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social and Human Sciences who provides mental health counseling and support to hospital patients, said she felt “helpless. After seeing so many severe cases of Covid there, so severe that many were in a coma and had ventilators beeping next to their beds.
Wondering how she could help barely conscious patients, she decided to start with those who could still hear her voice and found that many suffered from mental disorders like panic, depression, loneliness, and antisocial tendencies.
She tried to help them as much as she could, including with little things like feeding them or massaging them.
Through her interactions, she discovered that the top three mental health issues for patients were anxiety disorders, paranoia, and depression. Some of them regained consciousness only to find themselves surrounded by threads and machines.
Others have witnessed the deaths of other patients.
The most unfortunate are those who have lost loved ones to Covid, which has led them to the point of mental collapse, Thuy said.
These people would need mental health care and people to support them, although some have improved with her help, she said.
Covid concerns and prolonged lockdowns have increased mental health issues across the world, with conditions including depression, stress, anxiety and even suicidal tendencies.
A report released in August by the Department of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities said people suffered from anxiety, stress, boredom, mood swings and insomnia, among others, in middle of social distancing orders.