Long-term effects of COVID-19 on the brain of adults and children

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the world, both physically and mentally. In addition to the well-known respiratory symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause a variety of neurological symptoms, including headache, dizziness, fatigue, and cognitive impairment. These symptoms can be short-lived or long-lasting, and they can occur in people of all ages, including children.

Anxiety disorders: Early intervention and prevention strategies

Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent mental health conditions that can significantly impair an individual's well-being and functioning. Early intervention and prevention strategies are essential in minimising the negative impact of anxiety disorders. This article provides an overview of anxiety disorders, emphasising the importance of early identification and intervention. The prevalence of anxiety symptoms and unmet treatment needs for anxiety disorder is increasing among children and youth based on national surveys in the USA.

Early prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders

The quest for most diseases is prevention rather than cure. The COVID-19 was the most recent example of this approach, with vaccination proving to prevent disease in some cases, or of serious disease in high risk populations. Some illnesses have been eradicated, like smallpox and some virtually eradicated, as an example, polio. Cardiovascular disease is effectively prevented with the lowering of lipids and the reduction of blood pressure.


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Psych Science Vol 6 No 2 - 2023

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