Prof. Dr. Kemal Arıkan
Psychiatrist

Emotional Effects of the Novel Coronavirus

Yeni Koronavirus Hastalığının Duygusal Etkisi

A novel form of Coronavirus spotted in Wuhan (2019-nCoV) has caused a turmoil, affecting the entire world and growing rapidly.

The increase in the number of new cases during the pandemic, as well as the increasing media reports and deaths, can increase the anxiety of the society. It has been reported that many psychological problems, including anxiety and depression, have increased during the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Many of the healthcare professionals working at quarantine units and hospitals do not get any supportive training for mental healthcare. Within the framework of this situation, particularly patients and primary care workers become vulnerable.

Elderlies and immigrant workers have been reported to constitute the patient population that requires special intervention. In particular, elderlies with psychiatric disorders encounter more problems. Moreover, their access to healthcare can be limited as a result of the mass quarantine practices and shutdown of public transportation vehicles Mass quarantines can increase the level of anxiety of the society.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the potential gaps in the mental healthcare services and to the flexibility of the medical systems in the cases of emergency.

The data were collected from the electronic databases of Scopus and Embas.

REFERENCES:
Lima, C. K. T., Carvalho, P. M. de M., Lima, I. de A. S., Nunes, J. V. A. de O., Saraiva, J. S., de Souza, R. I., … Neto, M. L. R. (2020). The Emotional Impact Of Coronavirus 2019-Ncov (New Coronavirus Disease). Psychiatry Research, 112915. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2020.112915

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