COVID-19: MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FACED BY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Various studies have been conducted during this pandemic which dealt with prevalence of mental health problems among the HCWs and indicated a strong association between the disease and the pandemic. In this article, we will try to provide a systematic review of the studies done so far in this regard. We also aimed to find out a relationship between COVID-19 related variables and mental health issues of HCWs.
Using keyword search on PubMed, Asian Journal of Psychiatry, and Web of Science electronic databases, we collected original articles, reviews, preprints, and letter to editors, related to our topic. 10 of them were shortlisted. After studying them extensively and intensively, a systemized review is presented in this article.
Increased levels of anxiety, anger, hesitation, perplexing, and post-traumatic distress are reported during the lockdown due to this pandemic, especially in Pakistan. Health Care Workers are the most psychologically affected with this pandemic.
The mental states of HCWs should be monitored and a detailed plan should be devised to discuss and resolve the psychological concerns of HCWs.
Keywords: COVID-19, Mental Health, Health Care Professionals, Psychological Effects