Corona Virus Disease SARS-COVID-19 and Mental Health Post Infection
Keywords:Covid-19, pandemic, mental health, depression, insomnia
As we all know the Corona virus 2019 or covid-19 is a dreadful virus originated in Hubei, Wuhan city of Mainland China early in December 2019. This virus contracted the disease to the whole world after the first outbreak in China. The mental health issues such as depression, panic, stress, fear etc., are developed along with social and economic downtime. Fear or Phobia, anxiety, stress and panic are the psychological conditions experienced by every human being during the pandemic and it’s a normal phenomenon. As per few studies conducted on Covid-19 pandemic there is increasing risk for mental disorders in the categories of public and health care workers.
Keeping in mind the difficulties faced by covid patients during their illness, this study provides a mental health picture. Severity of depression, anxiety and insomnia are measured using valid instruments. To meet the objectives of study 100 Covid -19 RT-PCR positive patients selected post discharge from a multi-speciality hospital in Vijayawada. The tools used in this study are PHQ 9 item (patient health care questionnaire), GAD-7item (generalised anxiety disorder) and 7- item Insomnia severity index. These questionnaires filled by patients post recovery during their review in outpatient department. By the time they had RTPCR negative reports with them. A simple random sampling is done.
All covid patients suffer from some levels of mental illness. My study concludes, majority of people suffered from severe depression. Moderate number of patients suffered from severe anxiety. And minimal number of patients suffered from severe clinical insomnia.
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