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Patients with psychiatric disorders are another population that may be more exposed to COVID-19, and the secondary effects of the pandemic may detract from ongoing treatment, thus worsening overall mental health.
Public health interventions and activity restrictions may act as barriers to mental health treatment, especially as emergency departments.
As people around the world face prolonged periods of confinement to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, stress levels may disrupt sleep patterns and worsen overall mental health.
At a time when the healthcare system as a whole is in crisis—in the United States and around the world—Bedlam offers a critical perspective on the difficulty of providing care in a system stretched thin.
The AMA called for alterations for insurers, including terminating cost-sharing and prior authorization for chronic pain and OUD medications and removing restrictions on Medicaid preferred drug lists.
59% of Americans report that COVID-19 is affecting their daily lives, and 36% of respondents to the poll say that COVID-19 is taking a toll on their mental health.
A study of Chinese healthcare workers may foreshadow the mental health burden placed upon physicians, nurses, and other professionals as COVID-19 strains the medical system in the United States.
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