Psychiatrists are likely to encounter patients who have increased emotional distress resulting from the pandemic’s impact on themselves, their families and communities.
The novel COVID-19 is quite contagious with a potential to flood the healthcare systems within a short span of time. No specific treatment or vaccine is available. Prevention is the best way to protect oneself which requires a lot of changes in one’s lifestyle such as social distancing, frequent hand washing and curtailment of social contacts or visits to potentially crowded places. This scenario often leads to emotional distress, even among those who have not been directly exposed to the disease.Guide for Psychiatrists during COVID 19