Friday, January 27, 2023

In the post-pandemic maze: psychiatric problems in health professionals

They often have difficulty taking care of themselves and are reluctant to seek help if they develop a mental disorder. Anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress remains. They also warn about substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals (HCPs) have suffered severely from anxiety, insomnia, depression and trauma-related symptoms. Although most PS will be able to recover, it is known that the prevalence of mental disorders—similar to those during epidemic outbreaks—increases in the short and medium term.

“PS often has difficulty taking care of himself and is reluctant to seek appropriate help if he eventually develops a mental disorder. Although affective and anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders among health professionals, others, such as addictive disorders, not only impair their well-being but also pose a risk to the safety of their practice,” said one report. Is. IntraMed, the portal dedicated to the medical communityone who warns A new culture of professionalism needs to be fostered In which caring for caregivers becomes both an individual and an institutional priority.

While the medical community cautions that hero qualities were assigned to health professionals, they were dismayed by the institutions in which they worked.

A recent meta-analysis of 40 systematic reviews—which included data from 1,828 primary studies and 3,245,768 participants—estimated that anxiety, depression, and stress/PTSD were the most frequent mental health conditions affecting health professionals during the COVID pandemic. Does Other studies also noted a higher prevalence of insomnia, fatigue, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, somatization symptoms, phobias, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.

“The Covid-19 pandemic could be a turning point in promoting a new Wellness 2.0 paradigm. PS’s human qualities and self-compassion should now be given utmost importance, work should be experienced meaningfully, integration between work and life should be facilitated and team interactions turn into a collaborative model”, Provides details of the analysis.

For this professional organizations, institutions, leaders, professionals and the whole society should be involved in the transition towards this new paradigm.

In accordance with the increase in the prevalence of mental disorders among PS in this new scenario, the risk of suicide among its members is also expected to increase.

Younger and less experienced PS have also been reported to be at higher risk in some studies, whereas resilience, perceived intimate and public support, and positive coping styles have been identified as protective factors.

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