21 June, 2021

Coronavirus And The Great Depression of 2020: How Mental Demons Are Adding To Life's Miseries

Besides a 50 per cent spike in distress calls from children in a 10-day period around the lockdown, there have been suicides, and a spike in cases of domestic violence, apart from those related to addiction and withdrawal symptoms

Coronavirus And The Great Depression of 2020: How Mental Demons Are Adding To Life's Miseries
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2020-10-10T11:48:13+05:30

There’s no escaping that noise, it’s always there, in or around your head, like low radio chatter, or a mosquito. It’s the background sound of a pandemic...it’s not unlike a silence, or a headache on the horizon that you try to forget but can’t. It presses in between the work con-calls in the mornings and the Zoom meetings with friends.

It’s on the mind all through a bare-essentials shopping exp­edition. Take a break to do the dishes and your social media chat-log has meanwhile piled up. People are seeking conversation like never before...madly, insistently. Often the content doesn’t seem to matter—information, misinformation, all of it wears the same grey cloak, striking the same nervous barter with the future. Everything we do suddenly seethes with a slow manic heat.... You don’t want to ask the question, but it pings you again and again. Are we alright?

But then, what is alright in the world? Death, pestilence and sudden onsets of distress are what people prayed to gods to save them from. And just look at...

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