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Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care ; 51(2): 100970, 2021 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1103813

ABSTRACT

To effectively care for children during COVID-19, pediatricians need to appreciate the stress and potential traumatic effect of the pandemic. By employing the "CARES" framework, pediatric providers can openly discuss the pandemic with patients and families, collaborate to build resiliency, and encourage engagement in activities and resources that are protective. This approach could potentially prevent both the short and long term health consequences resulting from the toxic stress and traumatic exposure of COVID-19. Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to mitigate the extent to which the pandemic affects the nation's children and we believe it is our responsibility to do so, to uphold the health and wellness of pediatric patients across their lifespan.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/psychology , Pediatrics/organization & administration , Psychological Trauma/epidemiology , Psychological Trauma/therapy , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Education as Topic , Psychological Trauma/physiopathology , Psychological Trauma/prevention & control , Resilience, Psychological , SARS-CoV-2 , Stress, Psychological/epidemiology , United States/epidemiology
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Psychol Trauma ; 12(4): 331-335, 2020 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-826285

ABSTRACT

THE ISSUE: Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) is transforming every aspect of our lives. Identified in late 2019, COVID-19 quickly became characterized as a global pandemic by March of 2020. Given the rapid acceleration of transmission, and the lack of preparedness to prevent and treat this virus, the negative impacts of COVID-19 are rippling through every facet of society. Although large numbers of people throughout the world will show resilience to the profound loss, stress, and fear associated with COVID-19, the virus will likely exacerbate existing mental health disorders and contribute to the onset of new stress-related disorders for many. RECOMMENDATIONS: The field of traumatic stress should address the serious needs that will emerge now and well into the future. However, we propose that these efforts may be limited, in part, by ongoing gaps that exist within our research and clinical care. In particular, we suggest that COVID-19 requires us to prioritize and mobilize as a research and clinical community around several key areas: (a) diagnostics, (b) prevention, (c) public outreach and communication, (d) working with medical staff and mainstreaming into nonmental health services, and (e) COVID-19-specific trauma research. As members of our community begin to rapidly develop and test interventions for COVID-19-related distress, we hope that those in positions of leadership in the field of traumatic stress consider limits of our current approaches, and invest the intellectual and financial resources urgently needed in order to innovate, forge partnerships, and develop the technologies to support those in greatest need. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/psychology , Pneumonia, Viral/psychology , Psychological Trauma/diagnosis , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Humans , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Psychological Trauma/prevention & control , SARS-CoV-2
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Psychol Trauma ; 12(S1): S186-S187, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-607257

ABSTRACT

An examination of the trajectory of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and its subsequent economic impacts has revealed that this crisis will impact low-wage workers more severely than all others. The present commentary highlights the unique factors associated with low-wage work that make these workers particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic, identifies potential adverse effects on the mental health of this population, and provides recommendations to maintain the safety, wellbeing, and dignity of low-wage workers. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections , Employment , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Psychological Trauma , Safety , Salaries and Fringe Benefits , Vulnerable Populations , Adult , COVID-19 , Employment/psychology , Employment/standards , Humans , Personal Satisfaction , Psychological Trauma/prevention & control , Psychological Trauma/psychology , Quality of Life , Risk , Safety/standards , Sick Leave , Vulnerable Populations/psychology
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Psychol Trauma ; 12(5): 457-460, 2020 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-607253

ABSTRACT

There is growing concern about the mental health and social impact of COVID-19 on underresourced children, youth, and families given widespread social disruption, school closures, economic impact, and loss of lives. In this commentary we describe how an existing public-public partnership between a large county mental health department and a state university responded to COVID-19. This partnership, originally designed to address workforce needs, rapidly pivoted to support providers through a trauma- and resilience-informed approach to mitigating adverse mental health effects among youth and families in Los Angeles County. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).


Subject(s)
Consumer Health Information , Coronavirus Infections , Education, Distance , Intersectoral Collaboration , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Psychological Trauma , Resilience, Psychological , Vulnerable Populations , Adolescent , Adult , COVID-19 , California , Child , Humans , Local Government , Los Angeles , Mental Health Services , Program Development , Psychological Trauma/prevention & control , Universities , Young Adult
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Psychol Trauma ; 12(S1): S191-S192, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-607249

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to cause an economic shock larger than the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 and a recession as great as anything seen since the Great Depression in 1930s. The social and economic consequences of lockdowns and social distancing measures, such as unemployment, broken relationships and homelessness, create potential for intergenerational trauma extending decades into the future. In this article, we argue that, in the absence of a vaccine, governments need to introduce universal basic income as a means of mitigating this trauma. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections , Economic Recession , Income , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Psychological Trauma , Public Assistance , Adult , COVID-19 , Homeless Persons , Humans , Psychological Trauma/economics , Psychological Trauma/etiology , Psychological Trauma/prevention & control , Public Assistance/economics , Unemployment
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Psychol Trauma ; 12(5): 531-533, 2020 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-595257

ABSTRACT

Italy was the first European country severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the containment measures were relatively effective in the acute phase, the current postemergency phase addressing the long-term psychosocial consequences is the key challenge for our healthcare system, where the importance of mental health prevention is not sufficiently recognized. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections , Infection Control , Mental Disorders/prevention & control , Mental Health Services , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Telemedicine , Adult , COVID-19 , Emergencies , Humans , Italy , Psychological Trauma/prevention & control , Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/prevention & control
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