“The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Effect on Mental Health in USA – A Review with Some Coping Strategies”

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in enormous losses in terms of human lives and economy in United States. The outbreak has been continuing to heavily impact the mental health of people. Developing key strategies to prevent mental illnesses is extremely important for the well-being of people. A survey conducted during the last week of March 2020 showed that 72% of Americans felt that their lives were impacted by the outbreak, which was a 32% increase from the survey conducted only 2 weeks earlier. 


The results show a positive correlation between COVID-19 infections/casualties and growing public concern. These observations suggest possible increase in mental health illnesses in United States as a consequence of the pandemic. The authors review a recently published model on COVID-19 related fear among the people. The fear of being infected or dying from the disease is one of the most significant causes of mental health disorders. Loss of employment or the fear of losing employment is another major concern leading to mental illnesses. Several unique strategies to prevent or mitigate mental illnesses are discussed.

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Barnali Bhattacharjee & Tathagata Acharya | 2020
In: Psychiatric Quarterly : ISSN: 0033-2720
Epub ahead of print DOI : 10.1007/s11126-020-09836-0
Anxiety Disorders, COVID-19 (en), Eating Disorders, Epidemics, Mental health, Mental Illness, Mentally Ill, Mood Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Psychotrauma, PTSD (en), Quality of Life, Sleep Disorders, Treatment, Unemployment