Homœopathic Links 2020; 33(03): 153-170
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715820
Review Article

The Psychological Aspects of COVID-19: A Review

Bindu Sharma
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, New Delhi, India
Pankhuri Misra
1  Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, New Delhi, India
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Funding We received no funding for the project. The institution has no role to play in the analysis of the study results and publication of the article.


Background The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It has affected 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances, thus producing a significant impact on the physical and mental health, behaviour and economy. In this era of crisis, lot of guidelines and measures to combat the disease are present, but the area of adverse mental health consequences is still neglected. This review attempts to highlight the psychological problems associated with this disease.

Objective This article aims to retrieve from the existing literature and state the mental effects of COVID-19.

Methods A review was developed based on the articles from PubMed, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, ResearchGate, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Elsevier, JAMA Network, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Cell, Wiley, Nature, Science and special databases for COVID like the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library, World Health Organization's COVID-19 research article database, COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, LitCovid. The search terms included combination of ‘coronavirus’, ‘COVID-19’, ‘psychological’, ‘quarantine’, ‘children’. All the studies mentioning about the mental consequences and interventions for psychological repercussions associated with COVID-19 are eligible for inclusion. In addition, the research papers in English language have been included.

Conclusion There is a need for research among vulnerable population to study the long-term effects of psychological impact of COVID-19.

Authors' Contribution

Both the authors contributed to the concept, literature search and preparation of the article. Both the authors reviewed and approved the final article.

Publication History

Publication Date:
16 September 2020 (online)

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