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Psy­chol­o­gists of­fer online men­tal health sup­port

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DUBAI: The spike in the num­ber of peo­ple tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 has in­duced stress and anx­i­ety among many. In an at­tempt to help those bat­tling de­pres­sion, fear panic and other is­sues, VPS Health­care has associated with Cad­abam’s Group, a renowned psy­cho-so­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre in In­dia, to of­fer online men­tal health sup­port for all in the UAE. The health­care provider has now opened “VPS Cad­abams Mindtalk”, an online ser­vice.

Im­po­si­tion of stricter mea­sures such as con­fine­ment to rooms, phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, quar­an­tin­ing, travel re­stric­tions and more have pushed many into de­pres­sion. Also, there are cases where peo­ple man­i­fest­ing any symp­toms such as mild flu or cough panic, fear­ing they might have con­tracted the virus.

Even the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion has said that the pan­demic may be stress­ful for peo­ple and men­tal health sup­port should be en­sured. “Fear and anx­i­ety about a dis­ease can be over­whelm­ing and cause strong emo­tions in adults and chil­dren. Cop­ing with stress will make you, the peo­ple you care about, and your com­mu­nity stronger,” read a state­ment by the US Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

The online men­tal health sup­port sys­tem set up by VPS Health­care will ad­dress the needs of these peo­ple and help them han­dle anx­i­ety, fear panic and de­pres­sion dur­ing these test­ing times with the help of psy­chol­o­gists. Ini­tially, the 24*7 online sup­port sys­tem will avail the ser­vices of a ded­i­cated team of psy­chol­o­gists who will be at­tend­ing to each per­son through video con­fer­enc­ing.

The ex­ten­sively ex­pe­ri­enced psy­chol­o­gists can han­dle any cases re­lated to ad­dic­tion medicine, child and ado­les­cent psy­chi­a­try, geri­atric psy­chi­a­try and adult psy­chi­a­try. The ser­vices can be availed by reach­ing out to the toll-free num­ber 8005546 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment.

The psy­chol­o­gists can also be reached through the of­fi­cial web­site of VPS Health­care. The web­site has op­tions for peo­ple to un­dergo a pre-eval­u­a­tion test through an­swer­ing a ques­tion­naire. Peo­ple who un­dergo the pre-eval­u­a­tion test can book an ap­point­ment with the psy­chol­o­gists for online con­sul­ta­tion.

Dr Reena Thomas, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at Medeor Hos­pi­tal, Dubai, a unit of VPS Health­care, said it is nat­u­ral that stricter mea­sures are in place as part of the ef­forts to con­tain the vi­ral in­fec­tion may trig­ger de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and panic at­tacks among many. “Some peo­ple may be­come hope­less or those with psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues may see their con­di­tion wors­en­ing dur­ing these times.”

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