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COVID-19 Pandemic: Mental Health, Life Habit Changes and Social Phenomena

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The SARS-Cov-2 virus brought dramatic changes in daily life, subjecting the society to a new and unforeseen era. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced the challenges to governments, healthcare
systems (mental healthcare), clinicians and researchers worldwide. The pandemic is not just a threat to physical health, but brings severe stresses that has broadly impacted mental health and social lifestyles. The pandemic has progressed to a psychodemic (psychological epidemic) and syndemic (comorbid mental and somatic disorders, neuropsychiatric complications, social behaviour), affecting communities with social distress, panic, fears, increased home violence, and protest movements that derive from conspiracy theories and hostile attitudes towards vaccination.

The goal of this Research Topic is to estimate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on population mental health, life habits, daily beliefs and social behaviours, as well as to discuss urgent needs to train the new generation of health professionals with the skills necessary to face this evolving environment in future.

Contributors are invited to use the formats of an original research article, brief research report, review, short communication or opinion paper. Studies addressing the following themes are strongly encouraged:

• Anxiety, fears, panic, and COVID-19
• Conspiracy theories on the origins of COVID-19 and attitudes towards vaccination
• COVID-19 related lockdown, social isolation measures and psychosocial consequences
• Cross-countries perspectives on mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
• Depression and COVID-19
• Digital psychiatry during COVID-19 pandemic
• Mental health services, healthcare professionals and COVID-19
• Eating behavior, physical activities and other lifestyle changes during COVID-19 pandemic
• Mental health of general population during COVID-19 pandemic
• Neuropsychiatric complications of SARS-Cov-2 infection
• Mental health, somatization of anxiety, psychosomatic disorders during pandemic
• Remote work and internet impact on mental health during pandemic
• Sleep disturbance and COVID-19 pandemic
• Social distress and COVID-19
• Social phenomena during COVID-19 pandemic
• Suicidal/self-destructive ideation and suicidal/self-destructive behaviours during COVID-19 pandemic


Keywords: Anxiety, Conspiracy Theories, COVID-19, Depression, Social Isolation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The SARS-Cov-2 virus brought dramatic changes in daily life, subjecting the society to a new and unforeseen era. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced the challenges to governments, healthcare
systems (mental healthcare), clinicians and researchers worldwide. The pandemic is not just a threat to physical health, but brings severe stresses that has broadly impacted mental health and social lifestyles. The pandemic has progressed to a psychodemic (psychological epidemic) and syndemic (comorbid mental and somatic disorders, neuropsychiatric complications, social behaviour), affecting communities with social distress, panic, fears, increased home violence, and protest movements that derive from conspiracy theories and hostile attitudes towards vaccination.

The goal of this Research Topic is to estimate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on population mental health, life habits, daily beliefs and social behaviours, as well as to discuss urgent needs to train the new generation of health professionals with the skills necessary to face this evolving environment in future.

Contributors are invited to use the formats of an original research article, brief research report, review, short communication or opinion paper. Studies addressing the following themes are strongly encouraged:

• Anxiety, fears, panic, and COVID-19
• Conspiracy theories on the origins of COVID-19 and attitudes towards vaccination
• COVID-19 related lockdown, social isolation measures and psychosocial consequences
• Cross-countries perspectives on mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
• Depression and COVID-19
• Digital psychiatry during COVID-19 pandemic
• Mental health services, healthcare professionals and COVID-19
• Eating behavior, physical activities and other lifestyle changes during COVID-19 pandemic
• Mental health of general population during COVID-19 pandemic
• Neuropsychiatric complications of SARS-Cov-2 infection
• Mental health, somatization of anxiety, psychosomatic disorders during pandemic
• Remote work and internet impact on mental health during pandemic
• Sleep disturbance and COVID-19 pandemic
• Social distress and COVID-19
• Social phenomena during COVID-19 pandemic
• Suicidal/self-destructive ideation and suicidal/self-destructive behaviours during COVID-19 pandemic


Keywords: Anxiety, Conspiracy Theories, COVID-19, Depression, Social Isolation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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