ONLINE THERAPY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC [article]

Noor Hassline Mohamed
2020 Figshare  
The COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). The outbreak was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and since then, it has spread to other countries around the world. Among the worst countries to experience this outbreak are the US, Spain, UK, Italy, and Russia. This led to the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the outbreak a pandemic on 11th March 2020. As of 28th April 2020, more than 3.08 million cases of
more » ... lion cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 185 countries and territories, resulting in more than 213,000 deaths (Centre for Systems Science and Engineering, 2020). The pandemic is stressful for every one of us. Fear, anxiety, and stress about our own health and the health of our loved ones can affect our life significantly. Everyone basically reacts differently to this stressful situation. The question asked is whether COVID-19 can affect an individual's mental health? The answer will always be 'Yes, its is'. Thus, the COVID-19 can significantly affect our mental health, especially those with existing mental illnesses. Mental health refers to our emotional, cognitive, behavioural, psychological, and social well-being. With the increasing number of patients infected with the outbreak every day, it is important for us to be aware of the psychological or mental health impacts of this disaster. Depression, anxiety, restlessness and stress are commonly associated with mental illness that can have a direct impact on one's thinking, feelings, behaviour which can interfere with his or her ability to become fully functioning in daily activities. As we can see, the COVID-19 pandemic has profound and widespread effects on our mental health as billions of people are struggling to manage their lives apart from increased anxiety, social isolation, loneliness, stress and economic downturn. All these are a perfect storm to harm people's mental health and wellbeing. Sensitivity to mental health in the face of catastrophic outbreaks is essential to ensure an [...]
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.12144660 fatcat:mm6zhbqckrhjjkomdkfk6y4goa