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International Journal of Biological Sciences ; 16(13):2265-2270, 2020.
Article | WHO COVID | ID: covidwho-689141


The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic in China has presented substantial challenges to traditional forms of mental health service delivery This review summarizes the expert consensus on the mental health treatment and services for severe psychiatric disorders during the COVID-19 outbreak developed by the Chinese Society of Psychiatry and other academic associations The Expert Recommendations on Managing Patients with Mental Disorders during a Serious Infectious Disease Outbreak (COVID-19) outline the appropriate measures for psychiatric hospitals or psychiatric units in general hospitals, including the delivery of outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health services The Expert Recommendations on Internet and Telehealth in Psychiatry during Major Public Health Crises (COVID-19) describe the assessment and treatment issues of internet-based mental health services during the COVID-19 outbreak The expert consensus recommendations provide guidance for mental health professionals in managing psychiatric services during the COVID-19 outbreak in China The experiences from China in addressing the challenges in the management of major psychiatric disorders may be useful and relevant to other countries who are combating the COVID-19 pandemic

Int J Biol Sci ; 16(10): 1741-1744, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-24913


Recently, more than 300 Chinese patients with psychiatric disorders were diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Possible reasons quoted in the report were the lack of caution regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in January and insufficient supplies of protective gear. We outlined major challenges for patients with psychiatric disorders and mental health professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak, and also discussed how to manage these challenges through further mental health service reform in China.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/psychology , Mental Disorders/complications , Mental Health Services/organization & administration , Mental Health Services/supply & distribution , Pneumonia, Viral/psychology , China/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Disease Outbreaks , Health Care Reform , Hospitals, Psychiatric , Humans , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Psychiatry , Quarantine/psychology
Int J Biol Sci ; 16(10): 1732-1738, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-24910


The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been rapidly transmitted in China, Macau, Hong Kong, and other Asian and European counterparts. This COVID-19 epidemic has aroused increasing attention nationwide. Patients, health professionals, and the general public are under insurmountable psychological pressure which may lead to various psychological problems, such as anxiety, fear, depression, and insomnia. Psychological crisis intervention plays a pivotal role in the overall deployment of the disease control. The National Health Commission of China has summoned a call for emergency psychological crisis intervention and thus, various mental health associations and organizations have established expert teams to compile guidelines and public health educational articles/videos for mental health professionals and the general public alongside with online mental health services. In addition, mental health professionals and expert groups are stationed in designated isolation hospitals to provide on-site services. Experts have reached a consensus on the admission of patients with severe mental illness during the COVID-19 outbreak in mental health institutions. Nevertheless, the rapid transmission of the COVID-19 has emerged to mount a serious challenge to the mental health service in China.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/psychology , Mental Health Services/organization & administration , Mental Health , Pneumonia, Viral/psychology , Anxiety , China/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Depression , Disease Outbreaks , Fear , Humans , Pandemics , Practice Guidelines as Topic , Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders