This Research Topic is part of our Regional Perspectives series. Other regionally focused collections in this series:Assessing and Evaluating the Impact Of The Covid-19 Pandemic on Anxiety And Stress: Perspectives from Eastern Europe and Central AsiaAssessing and Evaluating the Psychosocial Impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic on Anxiety and Stress: Perspectives from the Indian Sub-ContinentAssessing and Evaluating the Impact Of The Covid-19 Pandemic on Anxiety And Stress: Perspectives from South America
The Covid-19 pandemic has unduly affected the mental health care system and mental health well-being of people globally due to a plethora of potential impacts on our own health, health care systems, and the economy amongst others. While waves of Covid-19 fluctuate globally, challenges to providing appropriate mental health care services and developing effective solutions in terms of prevention and treatment for anxiety and stress-related disorders remain major concerns.
The social, economic, and health tolls of Covid-19 in the USA and Canada were among the highest in the world. A national survey of more than 5000 US adults in June 2020 by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) found that more than one-third (40.9%) of the respondents reported at least one adverse mental health condition, such as depression and anxiety.
The goal of this Research Topic is to explore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on anxiety and stress, looking at the impact on the general population in the US and Canada / North America, on patients and healthcare staff, both during the initial waves and also in the context of long Covid in this region. There is also a unique opportunity to explore possible cross-cultural differences in the expression of anxiety and stress in these times and to study anxiety and stress in relation to the Covid pandemic using longitudinal designs. We also look forward to contributions to novel digital interventions which can increase the feasibility and general access to mental health care treatment.
We invite researchers to submit a range of articles focused on research from the US and Canada including, but not limited to, Original Research articles, Reviews, Opinions, Perspectives, and Case Reports on the following:
• prevalence and associated factors of anxiety and stress during the Covid-19 pandemic
• prevalence and associated factors of anxiety disorders during the Covid-19 pandemic
• neuropsychological symptoms of Covid-19 patients
• the associations between long Covid-19, anxiety, and stress
• changes in psychiatric inpatient services
• integration of digital mental health care solutions
• effects of psychological interventions to improve stress and anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic
• social, demographic, and economic factors related to anxiety and stress during the Covid-19 pandemic
• the impact of stress and anxiety related to Covid-19 on family interactions and related factors
• psychological effects of Covid-19 pandemic on healthcare workers
• clinical trials on effective treatments for anxiety disorders related to the Covid-19 pandemic.