SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; coronavirus infections; coronavirus infections/prevention & control; pandemics; psychological stress/epidemiology; psychological trauma; anxiety disorders; mood disorders; psychological adaptation; quarantine/psychology; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Other Psychiatry and Psychology


As a psychiatry resident working on an internal medicine rotation during the COVID-19 crisis in April, 2020, I witnessed signs of the burgeoning mental health crisis first-hand—among patients, friends, and healthcare workers. It quickly became evident that this experience was akin to a mass trauma, and in this paper we explore this concept and propose using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address the secondary mental health pandemic of anxiety and stress disorders that is developing in real time.