Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adult Mental Health

Mental Health & COVID-19

  • Imran Ijaz Haider
  • Farah Tiwana Fatima Memorial Hospital
  • Sania Mumtaz Tahir
Keywords: COVID-19, Mental Health, Pandemic Impact

Abstract

The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in December 2019 has progressed to the status of a global pandemic, with countries across the seven continents adversely affected and the number of human cases exceeding two million. With no available vaccine, the treatment is primarily symptomatic for those affected and preventative for those at risk. Most countries have taken action to curtail the spread of COVID-19 through measures such as lockdowns, social distancing and voluntary self-isolation. Whilst necessary, such measures and the disease itself, may have an adverse impact on mental health. In view of research from previous pandemic crises, it is known that such situations are likely to increase stress levels and have negative psychiatric effects. The impact is likely to be felt by the general public, sufferers of COVID-19, their families and friends, persons with pre-existing mental health conditions and healthcare workers.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2756

How to cite this:
Haider II, Tiwana F, Tahir SM. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adult Mental Health. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S90-S94. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2756

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Published
2020-05-19
How to Cite
Haider, I., Tiwana, F., & Tahir, S. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adult Mental Health. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2756
Section
Special Communications