As per World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, 15% of working-age adults were estimated to have a mental disorder in 2019.
Sriparna Pathak, Associate Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Humans are social beings. The need to have a social circuit where humans come in human contact with others of their species and communicate in various ways is essential for human existence. As dystopia set in with the Covid-9 pandemic, humans got restricted to within homes and were forced to rethink ways of the human connect. The internet temporarily came to the rescue and every aspect of human life, be it interaction or education or work all moved online. Soon enough laptop fatigue set in along with a host of other problems including mental health problems since humans are simply not genetically adept to deal with lives without the essential human connect.
Once the devastative impacts of the pandemic reduced, it was envisaged that humans could go back to their normal ways of life. However, months and years in the case of some countries of lockdowns made return to our normal lives a Herculean task as well. After months and years of artificial conditioning of operating from within one’s safe space, several people find it difficult to easily strike conversations or to work in office spaces. The mental health of the species underwent another drastic round of conditioning.
As per World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, 15% of working-age adults were estimated to have a mental disorder in 2019, and globally, an estimated 12 billion working days are lost every year to depression and anxiety at a cost of US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
Published in: Hindustan Times
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