Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

The world we live in now has nothing to do with the one we had just a few months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc in many areas of our lives: the disease has killed thousands of people; it has quarantined much of humanity; it has destroyed jobs; and it has built a thick veil of uncertainty and fear about the future, because nobody knows with certainty what will happen from now on.

This pandemic is affecting individual and collective mental health. The discomfort of one is, in a way, the discomfort of all. Fear, anxiety, and stress are shared feelings these days. Same as trouble falling asleep and concentrating on daily tasks.

In this sense, a recent study explains that coronavirus anxiety can be defined in four dimensions: cognitive, with repetitive thoughts and processing biases (such as relating everything that occurs with the virus); behavioral, with compulsive behaviors and dysfunctional activities (such as the inability to concentrate); the emotional, which takes the form of fear, anxiety and anger; and the physiological one, with sleep disorders, somatic anguish and tonic immobility (the feeling of being paralyzed by fear).

However, for the moment, what most worries the experts is the situation of healthcare workers, exposed to a limit situation (healthcare professionals work with anxiety, fear and without enough resources).

Link to the paper: https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2020.1748481

Editorial Disclaimer: information published during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic may be updated frequently to reflect the dynamic nature of current understanding.

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