Impact of COVID-19 on mental health in a Low and Middle-Income Country
AuthorSilva Castro-de-Araujo, LF; Machado, DB
Source TitleCiência & Saúde Coletiva
PublisherABRASCO-ASSOC BRASILEIRA POS-GRADUACAO & SAUDE COLETIVA
University of Melbourne Author/sDe Araujo, Luis Fernando Silva Castro
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSilva Castro-de-Araujo, L. F. & Machado, D. B. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 on mental health in a Low and Middle-Income Country. CIENCIA & SAUDE COLETIVA, 25 (suppl 1), pp.2457-2460. https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232020256.1.10932020.
Access StatusOpen Access
Mental disorders (MD) are commonly comorbid with cardiovascular, metabolic, and some infectious diseases. Since the current SARS-CoV-2 epidemic is affecting the most multimorbid individuals, we might expect that the epidemic will be particularly problematic for people with MD. Understanding the burden of an outbreak on mental health is fundamental to effective action towards containing the spread of the disease, as psychopathology might reduce endurance during the lockdown. This can potentially reduce adhesion to ongoing treatment resulting in avoidable recurrence of a disorder. Additionally, there is the stress caused by the eminent risk of infection or economic uncertainty, especially in low-middle income settings. This is an overview on the expected influence of the COVID-19 on mental health from a research group that has not long ago been involved in the Zika epidemic. It aims to discuss the effects of the pandemic on a Low and Middle-Income country (LMIC), Brazil.
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