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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