NNDC-IF’s Founder, Dr. Murali Rao, has hand-curated the most educational and informative resources on COVID-19 into one grand e-book. These resources talk about the science behind the novel coronavirus, the history of pandemics, how we must combat the virus, and the toll it takes on physical and mental health. It will be available here soon for download!
Infectious outbreaks have shaped the psyche of humanity for times immemorial. Epidemics and pandemics propagate fear and erratic behavior and, long after they are over, remain entrenched within the global psyche, often in the form of folk tale and literary or historical accounts. Naturally, logically, and unsurprisingly, the larger the scale of an outbreak, the larger the impact and magnitude of its sequelae. The black plague pandemic, starting in 1345, claimed up to 100 million lives and is still the topic of lively speculation and research to this day; the influenza pandemic of 1918 still receives attention. The Table summarizes major historical outbreaks, with estimated lives affected.
Follow the link below to access COVID-19 resources for front-line clinicians and medical researchers.
The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the emergence of COVID-19 have created a great deal of stress and uncertainty for many patients, families, communities and healthcare providers. As resources for addressing these issues proliferate, it can be confusing to find, evaluate, or sort through all of the available information. To address this need for our community, the MGH Department of Psychiatry has put together a curated set of resources with a particular emphasis on materials that will be of use to providers and those they serve. Some of these resources have been developed by members of our department while others are drawn from elsewhere but gathered here and annotated for ease of use.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique major challenges. We are navigating unchartered waters with this virus making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being.
Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family.
Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress. Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the Coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation. This resource provides practical tips on taking care of our mental health and well-being.
This document aims to provide evidence-based, self-help information and tips for getting through the coronavirus pandemic, based on psychology, neuroscience, resilience research and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has many specific tips and measures of precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practicing social distancing limits the spread of the virus from one person to another. A standard distance is to maintain at least six feet between you and the next person. For more information and tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Those who have come in contact with COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine and isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus. According to the American Psychological Association, this can take a toll on one’s mental health. However, there are measures a person can implement to protect their mental health. It’s important to stay connected with family and friends through social media, FaceTime, or Skype. It’s also important to occupy your day with a schedule and routine so you continue to stay active. Examples include cooking, exercising at home when you can, reading and watching movies. Finally, maintain a positive mental attitude. For more information on coping mechanisms and tips, read the APA’s article here:
Feeling overwhelmed and anxious because of the spread of COVID-19 is natural. You’re not alone. Many people are feeling anxious about the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the disease. What can help ease your worries is to see the silver lining in this matter. We now have an opportunity to spend more time with ourselves and with our loved ones. We now have an opportunity to value what truly matters to us: our health, our livelihood, and our relationships. Most importantly, remember that we are in this together. Collectively, we will get through it together. Be safe and be well.
As we continue to keep ourselves healthy and safe during COVID-19, it’s important to practice social distancing. However, social distancing should not be confused with social isolation. In our age of technology and social media, we can still interact with loved ones and friends via Skype, FaceTime and other means of communication without having to put ourselves in potentially health compromising situations.
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by sadness, depression, or anxiety please reach out to a family member or someone you trust to help you through the situation. Otherwise, click the link below for telephone numbers and resources for help lines and community mental health groups.
Many people will be experiencing anxiety about their health and safety during this time. This page provides information about COVID-19 and how to manage your mental health during the pandemic.
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Caring for Patients' Mental Well-Being During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Clinicians
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the potential for rapid and far-reaching spread of new infectious diseases is a growing threat. Especially in the early stages of an emerging infectious disease outbreak such as Coronavirus (COVID-19), there is frequently a great deal of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, and its scope and impact. This may lead to significant and understandable emotional distress, even among those who have not been, and don’t know if they will be, directly exposed to the disease.
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.
Around the world, public officials are asking people who have contracted or been exposed to the new coronavirus to practice social distancing, quarantine or isolation measures in an effort to slow disease’s spread.