According to psychologist Hvovi Bhagwagar, extreme signs of fear might be linked to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She describes the condition as having three main symptoms — hyper arousal (constantly being on alert), avoidance of emotions and places or situations that remind them of the trauma, and intrusions or constant flashbacks of the event that had occurred.

According to her, even those who are new to the city have been reacting abnormally to the heavy rainfall witnessed this year. She calls it vicarious trauma. Here, people who haven’t experienced a traumatic incident personally develop a sense of fear after listening to others’ narratives, and refrain from venturing out of their homes.

Featured in Sunday Mid-Day on September 24, 2017