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EXPERT COMMENTARY
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 328-331

The mental health burden of social distancing during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic


Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Samia Mazumder
Wayne State University School of Medicine, 540 E Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_76_20

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had far-reaching economic and mental health impacts on a global scale. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, and overall distress may have been exacerbated by the mental health tolls of the pandemic. It is also important to consider the impact of gender, socioeconomic status and whether one is a frontline worker involved in the treatment of critically ill patients. In order to fully recover from the pandemic, we must be able to identify and treat any mental health disorders that may emerge from the effects of social distancing. Improving access to mental health screening and treatment opportunities through platforms that utilize telehealth may be a part of the solution. In addition, providing institutional support for health-care workers, promoting a safe work environment, and encouraging a robust conversation about mental health will aid in mitigating the negative impacts of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Interpersonal and communication skills, Practice-based learning, Systems-based practice


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