With COVID-19, we also face a ‘pandemic’ of anxiety

Coronavirus lockdown mental health
COVID-19 has affected populations irrespective of race, creed, religion or ethnicity. It is imperative that we do not label the affected people as “Corona cases or COVID-19 cases”. | Illustration and graphic - Eunice Dhivya

Very few incidents in the history of mankind have impacted our societies across cultures the way infectious disease outbreaks have. Yet not much attention has been given to these occurrences once they subside.

Pandemics have annihilated societies, wiped out populations, but at the same time, paved the way for innovations and advances in political systems as well as science and technology.

There is, however, little knowledge or evidence how they might have shaped psychiatry. For instance, what was the impact of Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic? There are speculations about its influence on the writings of Austrian psychiatrist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. (Freud’s daughter Sophie had died from complications resulting from the Spanish flu that ravaged Europe.)

COVID-19 and mental health

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