Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) hosted an online lecture on the impact of coronavirus pandemic on mental health, given by Dr. Dua'a Al Adwan, Post-doctoral Researcher at Research & Grants Department, DI, and Specialist in Psychological and Educational Counseling.
The COVID-19 has had a significant impact on people mental health around the globe. Many countries in the world have restricted physical interactions and forced lockdown to limit the spread of the virus, which led to disruption of daily life, said Dr. Dua'a.
Shedding light on the main psychological effects of the pandemic, Dr. Al Adwan said that anxiety, stress, insomnia, appetite disorder, increase of domestic violence, high rate of divorce and suicide might transform to pathological feelings of psychological disorders as of generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, major depression disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
She stressed on accepting the current situation and maintaining close contact with family, friends and stay away from negative people as well as following fake news. Instead, starting new projects, reading books, carrying out various activities such as drawing and practicing meditation are very helpful strategies in dealing with the psychological pressures during the pandemic. In addition to seeking psychological assistance as needed.
Dr. Dua'a concluded that some of COVID-19 survivors are being bullied and intimidated, the virus can affect anyone and people should change their behavior in blaming those who got infected, also, helping them to get back to normal life.