Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 51, June 2020,
At the start of 2020, the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), originating from China has spread to the world. There have been increasing numbers of confirmed cases and deaths around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has paved the way for considerable psychological and psychosocial morbidity among the general public and health care providers. An array of guidelines has been put forward by multiple agencies for combating mental health challenges. This paper addresses some of the mental health challenges faced by low and middle income countries (LMIC). It is worthwhile to note that these are challenges at the current stage of the pandemic and may change with the course of the pandemic itself.
Antidepressant Agent; Anxiety Disorder; Article; Bipolar Disorder; COVID-19; Consultation; Coronavirus Disease 2019; Coronavirus Infection; Coronavirus Infections; Cultural Anthropology; Depression; Developing Countries; Developing Country; Diagnostic Accuracy; Faith Healing; Financial Deficit; Health Care Access; Health Care Availability; Health Care Need; Health Care Personnel; Health Care Planning; Health Care Utilization; Health Economics; Health Workforce; Human; Humans; Interventions; Liaison Psychiatry; Low And Middle Income Countries; Low Income Country; Medical Ethics; Mental Disease; Mental Disorders; Mental Health Care; Mental Health Service; Mental Health Services; Middle Income Country; Mood Stabilizer; Neuroleptic Agent; Non-governmental Organization; Organization And Management; Pandemic; Pandemics; Panic; Pneumonia, Viral; Practice Guideline; Priority Journal; Psychiatric; Psychological; Psychosocial Care; Psychotherapy; Public-private Partnership; Rural Area; Schizophrenia; Social Discrimination; Social Stigma; Telepsychiatry; Urban Area; Virus Pneumonia; Global