The bad news: psychology and Covid

Published May 13, 2020

I typ­i­cal­ly try to keep the Loop pos­i­tive, but hey, it’s a tough world out there.

A Newton, Mass., psy­chi­a­trist shares some case stud­ies of what he calls “coro­na psy­chosis” — brief psy­chot­ic episodes in peo­ple work­ing in health­care set­tings around Covid-19.

The anx­i­ety is grow­ing more palpable—both for patients and health care professionals—and I would urge every­one involved in these efforts to seek and to pro­vide ongo­ing sup­port for you and your teammates.

Meanwhile, Australian researchers warn that the pan­dem­ic might have a stronger psy­cho­log­i­cal effect on peo­ple already suf­fer­ing from psy­chosis.

[M]ental health dis­or­ders such as depres­sion and anx­i­ety were impor­tant to focus on dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, [but] the com­mu­ni­ty need­ed to be aware that the small­er but more severe spec­trum of men­tal health con­di­tions could be impact­ed as well.

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