The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health

Right now it is impossible to know the real scope of the COVID-19 pandemic in the mental health of citizens.

However, some previous studies suggest that the incidence of mental illness could be multiplied by two, reaching one in five people. These forecasts point to a possible avalanche of diagnoses of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and addiction problems. In this way, the probability of developing a mental illness will depend on each person and on how the confinement has been lived (if someone is psychologically very vulnerable or has been quarantined in a stressful situation, they are more likely to suffer long-term consequences).

The global pandemic of COVID-19 creates the feeling that there is an omnipresent risk. And that everyone, at one time or another, can be affected. We are facing a crisis with more unknowns than certainties, and it is normal that nobody knows very well how to react and that at this moment a general unease invades us.

However, as clinical psychologists say, being sick is now normal. There is no reason to pathologize a logical reaction.

Link to the paper: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30934-1

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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