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Psychiatric complications of SARS-CoV-2 infection during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with increased incidence of psychiatric conditions The COVID-19 pandemic in patients who were
infected with the SARS-CoV-2 infection. It has also caused increased in mental and emotional difficulties in the families and caregivers of the
patients who are infected with that illness. In addition there have been increased incidences of psychiatric symptoms in the health care providers
caring for patients with COVID-19. The purpose of this article is to review the psychiatric manifestations that have been reported in the literature
in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on recent literature documentation, COVID-19 has been associated with following sequela
I. Worsening of psychiatric symptoms among patients with pre-existing psychiatric disorders
II. Higher risk for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and anxiety in patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2,their families and their care
III. Increased depression/depressive symptoms, anxiety, psychological distress and poor sleep quality among health care providers and first
responder personals
IV. Neurological symptoms among patients suffering from COVID-19 has been reported including delirium as a SARS-CoV-2 complication
Research evaluating the direct neuropsychiatric consequences and the indirect effects on mental health SARS-CoV-2 infection is highly needed
to improve treatment, psychiatric care the affected individuals and for preventive plans during the current COVID-19 pandemic and potential
subsequent pandemics.

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