Demystifying COVID-19: Understanding the Disease, Its Diagnosis and Treatment

Is Our Psychology Affected By the Pandemic? How?

Author(s): Ozgur Karcioglu*, Selman Yeniocak and Mandana Hosseinzadeh

Pp: 155-165 (11)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681087788121010010

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


We are facing a de novo global crisis that we have never faced after World War II. During the pandemic period, there is an increased and uncontrollable level of ‘information pollution’ compared to the past, especially in social media and other mass media. This increases the stress load on people. Developing adverse emotional, physical, or cognitive responses that arise in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is viewed as a normal reaction to one’s environment. Anxiety, depression, and delirium can ensue as a pathological and extreme persistent response to these stimuli. During the pandemic period, it is normal to feel down as you get information about it. In fact, worrying during this process is a necessary reaction to protect ourselves and is a normal emotional response. Self-awareness and recognition of the psychological and physical responses getting out of control to decide to get help from professionals are crucial.

Keywords: Anxiety, Cognitive responses, COVID-19, Delirium, Depression, Emotional responses, Pandemic, Psychology, Stress.

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