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Demonetisation drive affects mental health, say Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists say that people are complaining about acute stress. They warned that if the situation does not improve in upcoming days, it will lead to `impulse control disorder', characterised by depression and frustration.

The centre’s decision to demonetise the high denomination notes has adversely affected the mental health of people,  Psychiatrists said.

Psychiatrists say that people are complaining about acute stress. They warned that if the situation does not improve in upcoming days, it will lead to `impulse control disorder’, characterised by depression and frustration.

According to psychiatrists the shortage of notes created a feeling of `emptiness’ and `financial loss’ in people.

Several incidents reported from various parts of the country that people have lost their temper and physically assaulting officials. This situation will cause to increase restlessness among people.

On the other hand, bank employees are working continuously for hours and public are venting their anger out them. This condition will lead to depression, says psychiatrists.

“When people realise that they are `assets rich, but cash poor’ they feel that they have lost something precious. This causes a sense of `displacement’ and finally impulse control disorder,” explains Dr Challa Venkata Suresh, senior consultant psychiatrist at Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad. “About 15 percent of people will be affected by this disorder if the demonetisation continues for a long time,” he added.

Doctors say sleep disturbance or insomnia has become common after the demonetisation decision.

Photo: Vijay Pandey

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