Mental health and Depression during COVID-19
Journal of Depression and Anxiety is pleased to announce Special issue on “Mental health and depression during COVID-19” handling by Editors Dr. Jolly Masih, Former Post Doctorate Scientist, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Prof Rajkumar Rajsekaran, Vellore Institute of Technology, India.
As the world is facing coronavirus pandemic, there is steep rise in degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers and people with underlying health conditions.
COVID-19 has led to internal and external war for the humanity. At one side people are being addressed by external forces and government to maintain social distance, isolation and other hygiene conditions. On other hand some sections of society, especially older adults, children and sick people are fighting internally with the fear of uncertain situation rising due to COVID-19 pandemic. This fear is giving rise to feels of anxiety, loneliness and depression. Mental health is equally important as physical health. In public mental health terms, the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety. But as new measures and impacts are introduced – especially quarantine and its effects on many people’s usual activities, routines or livelihoods – levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behaviour are also expected to rise.
Among many global health, economic and social disruptions, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has forced millions to physically isolate. Combine that with extensive news coverage on the pandemic and an unknown future, and it's no wonder that anxiety is on the rise.
We would like to invite scholars, academicians, researchers and industry experts around the global to contribute their scholarly literature findings, review studies or paper, white paper, case studies and research articles about mental health and surging issues like anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness during COVID-19 pandemic. Looking forward for the contribution of academicians and industry experts to contribute actively in this especial issue to pave a path for a better global society with much more hope and strong mental health.
Dr. Jolly Masih
Former Post Doctorate Scientist,
Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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