COVID-19 itself multiplied by forced shelter in place to fight disease applied by nationwide lock-downs produced panic, anxiety, obsessive behaviors, paranoia, and depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the long run.
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These have been fueled by an “infodemic” spread via different platforms of social media. Outbursts of racism, stigmatization, and xenophobia against particular communities are also being widely reported. Frontline healthcare workers are at higher-risk of contracting the disease and they experience psychological results such as burnout, anxiety, fear of transmitting infection, feeling of incompatibility, depression. COVID-19 disrupts children’s usual lifestyle and may cause florid mental distress.
The older people, their caregivers, psychiatric patients and marginalized communities are affected by this pandemic need special attention. Apart from physical sufferings, the results of a quarantine on the mental health and well-being at personal and population-levels emerge. Imposed mass quarantine applied by nationwide lock-down programs can produce mass hysteria, anxiety and distress, due to factors like sense of getting cornered and loss of control.
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown us how a “virus” can negatively impact our lives even in the 21st century and simultaneously made us realize that the greatest assets of mankind are health, peace, love, solidarity, ingenuity, and knowledge.
Ref: National Center for Biotechnology Information
Source : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Categories: Mental Health