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Gewählte Publikation:

Fleischmann, E.
Psychologische Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie auf Menschen mit schwerwiegenden psychischen Erkrankungen: ein systematisches Review der Literatur
Humanmedizin; [ Diplomarbeit ] Medizinische Universität Graz; 2022. pp.


Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz:
Dalkner Nina
Fellendorf Frederike

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having a great impact on the psychological conditions of individuals all over the world, particularly on individuals with mental disorders. Several studies found more pronounced psychiatric symptoms, notably symptoms of depression and anxiety. This review aimed to assess the situation of patients with SMI (serious mental illness: affective disorders and schizophrenia) regarding their mental health outcome during the pandemic. A systematic search using the databases PubMed and MEDLINE concluded in the finding of 36 studies containing relevant clinical data. The studies were published up until January 9th, 2021. A general impairment of the mental health of individuals with SMI could be detected, particularly in individuals with affective disorders. Compared to HC (healthy controls), symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress were more pronounced in individuals with SMI. Relevant factors found to impact their mental health situation were age, resilience, and socioeconomic environment, especially the shortage of mental health services, lack of social support, and inadequate information about COVID-19. Therefore, mental health services should be reinforced, notably the use of telemental health services. Furthermore, supplying individuals with SMI with adequate information about the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing their resilience is important. When researching the effects of the pandemic on SMI, standardization as well as follow-up studies are needed to enable better comparability and understanding.

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