The new guest of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s project “Ask the Doctor” was a psychiatrist of the highest category, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of Medical Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of the Medical and Psychological Faculty of NMU named after A. A. Bogomolets, President of the All-Ukrainian Association of Psychosomatic Medicine Oleg Chaban.

This is the twentieth expert in the series of online broadcasts about COVID-19. Earlier, the questions of the audience of the “Ask the Doctor” project were answered by a cardiac surgeon, Director of the Heart Institute, Professor Boris Todurov; the popular pediatrician of the country Yevgeny Komarovsky; Alexander Zaika, immunologist of the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health; President of the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine Sergey Dubrov and other leading specialists. About 5 million people have already watched the online project.

‒ For more than a year, Ukraine has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have already had coronavirus and want to understand how to counteract its consequences; in addition, new and new information about virus strains, new manifestations of the disease appears almost daily, the issue of prevention and the ability to protect oneself and loved ones is still relevant. In the online project of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Ask the Doctor”, the answers to all those questions are given by specialists who can be trusted, – said Yulia Ershova, Director of the Fund’s Communications Department.

Psychiatrist Oleg Chaban works with patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units, and consults in the post-covid period. He says that about 30% of people with coronavirus suffer from depression.

– Disorders are associated with both fear and illness. Anxiety, lack of sleep, constant severe pain that analgesics cannot cope with. Severe depression lasts for 2 weeks or more and leads to a loss of meaning and pleasure in life. It can even cause suicidal thoughts, says the doctor.

During a pandemic, psychiatrists also work with people who suffer from post-covid syndrome – these are panic conditions, weakness and fatigue, and sudden mood swings. According to Oleg Chaban, the lack of timely treatment for such disorders increases the risk of death in the next 5 years.

– COVID-19 is not just a biological but also a mental problem that needs to be addressed. You should talk about it to relatives and specialists, take psychotherapeutic and psychiatric help, – the expert notes.

For people who have suffered coronavirus or have been in a confined space for a long time, the doctor recommended simple actions: communicate with others, take care of their good appearance, make plans for the future and help others. This will keep the brain in good shape and reduce the stress on the nervous system.

– The “Ask the Doctor” project of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation carries a positive, which we, doctors, strive to implement. If a person begins to fulfill at least 10% of all our recommendations and instructions, they have a beneficial effect on mental and mental health and on his body, – said Oleg Chaban.

Recordings of broadcasts with medical experts can be viewed on the pages of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation on Facebook and YouTube. “Ask the Doctor” is being implemented within the framework of the “Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine” project. It is the largest, most systematic and ambitious private initiative aimed at helping public health facilities in the fight against coronavirus. Within the framework of the project, more than 200 thousand units of personal protective equipment and consumables, 337 thousand express tests and more than 200 state-of-the-art ventilators (ALV) were donated. материалов, 337 тысяч экспресс-тестов и более 200 суперсовременных аппаратов ИВЛ.