Psychiatry

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Psychiatry

Resources for managing psychiatry patients

12  articles in this collection
Written by Anne-Marie Lavigne, Janike Pelland, Vanessa Perto, Marc-Antoine Tremblay, 

Prevention Measures of Psychiatric Symptoms in Non-Medical Returning Workforce

1) 10.8% of people just returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. 2) Psychoneuroimmunity (PNI) prevention measures are associated with lower clinical manifestations of PTSD and less severe psychiatric symptoms in returning workers and executives. 3) On a personal level, PNI prevention measures include frequent hand washing, the […]

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06/05/2020

Sleep Disturbance During the Confinement

1. Because of quarantine, sleep quality may be affected by major changes in routines (less physical activity, less exposure to daylight, homeworking and homeschooling), living with uncertainty (for example, about duration of the situation) and with insecurity (for example, about health and financial situation), social isolation and lack of rewarding activity. 2. Insomnia is a […]

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05/21/2020

Psychological effects on the Elderly

More than a third of the elderly questioned reports symptoms of anxiety and depression. Women seem to be more affected than men.1 The social isolation of the elderly in times of quarantine puts them at risk of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression.2,3 Fear of contracting SARS and social isolation were found to be statistically […]

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05/12/2020

The Effects of Social Support on Medical Staff

1. The sleep quality of medical staff who treated COVID-19 was relatively low compared to general chinese population. 2. Social support indirectly improves sleep quality in medical staff by alleviating their stress and anxiety levels, and increases their self-efficacy.   This information comes from an observational and cross-sectional study which included 180 nurses or doctors […]

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05/11/2020

High Prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms

96,2% of clinically stable COVID-19 patients in early recovery phase reported significant post-traumatic stress symptoms. Only half of the patients hold positive attitudes towards crisis mental health services, which were mostly delivered online.   This data comes from an online survey conducted in five quarantine facilities in China. 714 patients were included in the study. […]

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04/01/2020

The Psychological Impact during the Initial Stage of the Outbreak

A survey done on the general population during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in China showed 53,8% moderate-to-severe impact on mental health, and 28,8% moderate-to-severe anxiety among respondents. A higher psychological impact, and higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression were found among females, students, respondents with physical symptoms and people with poor self-rated health status. […]

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03/28/2020

Online Mental Health Services in China

China’s mental health professionals and health authorities are using a variety of online platforms to provide online psychological services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Through online consultations and 24-hour psychological assistance hotlines, mental health professionals provide support, counseling and crisis intervention. Artificial intelligence programs are also used for psychological crisis intervention. Online surveys and blogging sites […]

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04/12/2020

Psychological Consequences of Quarantine

Quarantine triggers a wide range of psychological symptoms and disorders, such as anxiety, irritability, anger, confusion, post-traumatic stress and depressive symptoms. The impact of quarantine on mental health may have long lasting consequences. A longer quarantine duration, fears of infection, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma were reported as stress factors. […]

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04/04/2020

Artificial Intelligence to Prevent Suicides

COVID-19 pandemic has adverse effects on mental health and mental illness, and suicide risk factors are increased (such as anxiety, PTSD, depression, isolation, loss of employment and financial stressors).1 Some people experiencing mental distress might not seek help because of social distanciation.1 Development of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and machine learning could help identify individuals […]

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05/06/2020

Advice for Families

Honest conversations with your kids about the situation and what you parents do to keep them safe is a key to stress management; Parents should maintain routine as much as possible; Pay special attention to social media exposure and misinformation. Choose trusted sources; Take the time to teach good preventive habits: handwashing techniques, washing surfaces […]

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04/17/2020

Effects of Isolation on Children

Home confinement has negative effects on children physical and mental health. Strategies to maintain a regular schedule and access to psychiatrists should be provided to patients. Pediatricians should review red flags of psychiatric disorders in order to quickly identify and refer children with mental health problems due to isolation.   This information comes from two articles published in The Lancet […]

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04/16/2020

Mental Health Status in Medical Staff

Having a deep understanding of the dangers of COVID-19 leads the health care workers to more anxietyand fear. The infection prevention and control measures can be complicated and exhausting. The medical staff is prone to develop obsessive-compulsive behaviors. A significant number of health care workers have experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. Young medical personnel, nurses […]

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03/29/2020