Mental health is top-of-mind for all of us right now: Not only is May Mental Health Awareness Month, but COVID-19 has heightened anxiety, depression, and loneliness for many during the lockdown. We had an in-depth hour with psychiatrist Dr. Ketaki Vaidhyanathan, an attending physician at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, speaking with us about ways to be aware of our mental health during this stressful time.
Dr. Ketaki states “We need to advocate the cause of psychiatric patients, as they do have a significant number of problems in addition to their main psychiatric diagnosis. It is also very rewarding as in any line of work/medicine to see the relief they experience when their symptoms (which have no way of being measured biologically) are mitigated or resolved by the treatment.”
Since the coronavirus pandemic has broken out, Dr. Vaidhyanathan has seen increases in paranoia, anxiety, and depression among not only her patients but also with the healthcare workers on the front lines. And she shared some advice for everyone as we all try to get through this together. Read more about her advice here.