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The Aftermath: Post-pandemic Psychiatric Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a South Korean Perspective

Title
The Aftermath: Post-pandemic Psychiatric Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a South Korean Perspective
Author(s)
Min, SooyeonJeong, Yun HaKim, JeongyeonKoo, Ja WookAhn, Yong Min
DGIST Authors
Min, SooyeonJeong, Yun HaKim, JeongyeonKoo, Ja WookAhn, Yong Min
Issued Date
2021-10
Type
Article
Author Keywords
COVID-19post-pandemicmental healthgeneral populationshoneymoon phasenew normalSouth Korea
Keywords
MENTAL-HEALTHSARS EPIDEMICDISASTERSUICIDE
ISSN
1664-0640
Abstract
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted our everyday life. Along with the fear of getting infected or of having loved ones infected, the lifestyle changes and the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic have profound impact on mental health of the general population. While numerous studies on immediate psychological responses to COVID-19 are being published, there is a lack of discussion on its possible long-term sequelae. In this study, we systematically reviewed and meta-analyzed longitudinal studies that examined mental health of the general population prior to and during the pandemic. Furthermore, we explored the long-term psychiatric implications of the pandemic with data from South Korea. Our analysis showed that the number of suicidal deaths during the pandemic was lower than the previous years in many countries, which is in contrast with the increased depression, anxiety, and psychological distress in the general population in South Korea as well as in other countries. To explain this phenomenon, we propose a possibility of delayed impacts. The post-traumatic stress, long-term consequences of social restrictions, and maladaptive response to the “new normal” are discussed in the paper. COVID-19 being an unprecedented global crisis, more research and international collaboration are needed to understand, to treat, and to prevent its long-term effects on our mental health. Copyright © 2021 Min, Jeong, Kim, Koo and Ahn.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11750/15838
DOI
10.3389/fpsyt.2021.671722
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A.
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