Psychiatrists must have a basic understanding of the pathophysiology of coronaviruses in order to be able to accurately explain and discuss those issues with their patients, especially as mental health ramifications are expected.
Nidal Moukaddam, MD, PhD
Psychiatrists are uniquely situated to help both their patients and the greater community understand the potential impact of the virus and help patients, families, and society deal with this latest threat.
Can outbreaks such as COVID-19 affect existing illnesses and precipitate new-onset psychiatric symptoms in children and adults?
Psychiatrists are likely to encounter patients with depression, anxiety, and paranoia related to communicable diseases and pandemics. Following is a summary of memorable epidemics/pandemics.
Infectious outbreaks have shaped the psyche of humanity for times immemorial.