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An Overview of Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 4 March 2021 / Approved: 8 March 2021 / Online: 8 March 2021 (13:32:36 CET)

How to cite: Chen, P.; Pusica, Y.; Sohaei, D.; Prassas, I.; Diamandis, E. An Overview of Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021030217 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0217.v1). Chen, P.; Pusica, Y.; Sohaei, D.; Prassas, I.; Diamandis, E. An Overview of Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021030217 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0217.v1).

Abstract

Since its initial outbreak in late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the global community. In addition to the negative health consequences of contracting COVID-19, the implementation of strict quarantine and lockdown measures has also disrupted social networks and devastated the global economy. As a result, there is rising concern that the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of the general population. To better understand its impact, an increasing number of studies examined the effects of the pandemic on mental health and psychosocial implications of enforced quarantine and lockdown. In this article, we aim to review and summarize the findings from a variety of studies that have explored the psychosociological effects of the pandemic and its impact on the mental well-being of the general population. We will also examine how various demographic groups, such as the elderly and youth, can be more susceptible or resilient to the pandemic’s mental health effects. We hope to provide a broader understanding of the underlying causes of mental health issues triggered by the pandemic and provide recommendations that may be employed to address mental health issues in the population over the long-term.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; pandemic; mental health; psychological health; anxiety; suicide

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