LAHORE - Psychologists and psychiatrists have termed the unscheduled electricity loadshedding a conspiracy against the people which is badly affecting their psychological behaviour and attitude besides causing economic ruination. They have vehemently asked the government to take immediate steps to overcome the energy crisis lest a defiant attitude becomes the norm of the society. They say that the people think the government has not taken adequate measures to overcome the crisis while electricity is a need rather than a luxury. Human beings can survive without luxury but not without a need, they add. The psychologists say that loadshedding surely affects mental and social behavior of the people, adding it is a major factor towards deterioration of mental and psychological health of masses. Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed Bhatti, Chairman Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, King Edward Medical University, said that the people were becoming desperate and aggressive due to the unbridled power outages while other social and economic problems were causing frustration, depression and anxiety, which might lead to suicides and commission of crimes. He said the masses felt helpless at the hands of the government, Wapda and Pepco. They are unable to do proper work at day-time and remain sleepless at night, which is a factor to physical and mental disorder, Riaz said and observed that unending outages amid the rising temperature were beyond the limit of tolerance. Dr Ihsan, a psychiatrist said that sound data was required to understand the extent of mental illness due to power cuts on children, youth and elders, but as we were going through daily observation, the depression and irritation was at alarming proportion and was unprecedented. He said persistent loadshedding coupled with price-hike and unemployment was adding fuel to the fire and increasing depression among the masses. He further said that power cuts were not a problem but a conspiracy against the people of Pakistan by the developed countries, which wanted to create unrest and ruin our economy as well as create mental and social problems among our people. Applied Psychology Department of Punjab University Chairperson Dr Rukhsana Kausar said that prolonged power cuts were causing sufferings to majority of students. Loadshedding was causing frustration among them as they were not able to study. She said that generators were no alternatives, adding they created noise pollution which was more dangerous than loadshedding. Moreover, she added, students could not afford such costly equipment. We are observing the deteriorating levels of our students. Their grades are declining, probably due to loadshedding. The studies depend on environment around and of course, loadshedding is among one of the miseries we are facing, she remarked. Dr Farah, Chairperson Department of Applied Psychology, Government College University also affirmed the hazards of loadshedding on human health.