Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health: An Overview

Author(s): Minal M. Kshirsagar*, Arun S. Dodamani, Girija A. Dodamani, Vrushali R. Khobragade, Rahul N. Deokar

Journal Name: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials

Volume 16 , Issue 3 , 2021


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Background: The COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) pandemic is a major threat to public health worldwide; it has been identified as originating in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. It has spread across the globe, causing an outbreak of acute infectious pneumonia. Such a global outbreak is associated with adverse effects on mental health. Fear, stress and anxiety seem more definitely an outcome of mass quarantine.

Methods: Keeping this pandemic situation in mind, existing literature on the COVID-19 crisis relevant to mental health was redeemed via a literature search from the PubMed database. Collected published articles were summarized according to their overall themes.

Results: Preliminary evidence suggests that symptoms of self-reported stress, anxiety and depression have a common psychological impact due to the pandemic, and may be associated with disrupted sleep. Regional, state and National-international borders have almost been shut down, economies crashed, and billions of people quarantined or isolated at their own homes and quarantine centers. In this situational frame of covid-19, patients, frontline health-care professionals anf geriatric population with existing psychiatric conditions may be encountering further suffering.

Conclusion: COVID-19 will continue to affect mental health, which plays an important role in battling the epidemic. With the scare of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rise, it is time that psychiatrists should try to integrate the health-care services keeping mental health at prime.

Keywords: Communicable disease, epidemics, mental health, psychological factors, COVID-19, health-care professionals.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 16
ISSUE: 3
Year: 2021
Published on: 05 January, 2021
Page: [227 - 231]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1574887115666210105122324

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