Taking Care of Patients During the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Guide for Psychiatrists   [open pdf - 205KB]

From the Document: "The potential for the rapid spread of infectious diseases is a growing threat. In the early stages of an infectious disease outbreak such as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), there is frequent uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, scope, and impact. This often leads to emotional distress, even among those who have not been directly exposed to the disease. Common psychological and behavioral responses include distress reactions (insomnia, anxiety, decreased perception of safety, anger, scapegoating, and increased presentation to healthcare due to fears of illness), health risk behaviors (increased use of alcohol and tobacco, altered work/life balance, social isolation, increased family conflict, and violence). Children and adolescents may also become distressed, which can manifest in 'misbehaviors', social isolation, or diminished academic performance. A minority of individuals will develop disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress, that require formal treatment."

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