The mental health and wellbeing of the whole society has been severely impacted by covid-19 and must be considered a priority that needs to be addressed urgently. Psychological distress in populations is widespread. Many people are distressed due to the immediate impacts of the virus and the consequences of physical isolation. Fear of infection, dying, losing family members, stress related to economic situations is prominent.
Frequent misinformation and rumours of the virus and deep uncertainty about the future are common sources of distress. An upsurge in the number and severity of mental health problems is expected. Specific populations are showing high degrees of COVID-19 related psychological distress i.e. frontline health care workers, children and adolescents, the elderly, populations with comorbidities, woman, and the homeless.
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A GUIDE TO MANAGING MILD COVID-19 DISEASE AT HOME
DR AYSHA KOLA AND DR WAASILA JASSAT
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have symptoms but cannot get tested, what should you do?
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"If we can name it, perhaps we can manage it. We turned to David Kessler for ideas on how to do that. Kessler is the world’s foremost expert on grief. He co-wrote with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Grief and Grieving: Finding the
Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss.
His new book adds another stage to the process, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. Kessler also has worked for a decade in a three-hospital system in Los Angeles. He served on their biohazards team. His volunteer work includes being an LAPD Specialist Reserve for traumatic events as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team.
He is the founder of www.grief.com, which has over 5 million visits yearly from 167 countries."
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The psychologists at APA/Magination Press want to help you get through this very stressful time of change and uncertainty. The emotional part of experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic is our focus. We know that everything that was familiar and predictable about your life has temporarily changed, and while every person and every family will have a different experience, it is hard for everyone in one way or another. There are losses, uncertainties, and many things to adjust to, all of which can create a lot of feelings. Feelings are never right or wrong, they just are, and expressing your feelings can help.
It is important to share your feelings with your family members, friends, and even teachers; it’s not good to keep them in. If you find that you are struggling, ask for help. Asking for help is a sign of wisdom, strength, and maturity.
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Written by Rebecca Growe, MSW, LCSW and Julia Martin Burch, PhD and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, this guide will assist parents and carers, helping children to cope through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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