Most studies on wellbeing during the COVID19 pandemic have focused on the mental health of the general population; far less attention has been given to more specific populations, such as patients with mental illness. Indeed, it is important to examine the psychiatric population, given its vulnerability. The present study aimed at assessing the psychological and emotional impact of isolation on patients in Residential Rehabilitation Communities, compared to healthy controls. A questionnaire was administered crosssectionally on an online survey platform and both psychiatric patients and healthy controls accessed via a designed link. The results showed significant differences between psychiatric patients and controls on Anxiety, Stress, Worry, and Risk Perception variables. Psychiatric patients scored lower on Stress compared to healthy controls and higher on Anxiety, Perceived Risk of getting infected with COVID19 and Worry about the emergency situation. The results showed that, during the Italian lockdown, psychiatric patients living in residential communities received unbroken support from peers and mental health professionals, maintained their usual medication treatment, and were informed of COVID19 consequences. This finding provides insight into the differences between residential and healthy populations and highlights the importance of continuous support for psychiatric patients, especially during stressful situations such as a pandemic.

Psychological and Emotional Impact of Patients Living in Psychiatric Treatment Communities during Covid-19 Lockdown in Italy / Burrai, Jessica; Roma, Paolo; Barchielli, Benedetta; Biondi, Silvia; Cordellieri, Pierluigi; Fraschetti, Angelo; Pizzimenti, Alessia; Mazza, Cristina; Ferracuti, Stefano; Giannini, Anna Maria. - In: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 2077-0383. - 9:11(2020), p. 3787. [10.3390/jcm9113787]

Psychological and Emotional Impact of Patients Living in Psychiatric Treatment Communities during Covid-19 Lockdown in Italy

Burrai, Jessica
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Roma, Paolo
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Barchielli, Benedetta;Biondi, Silvia;Cordellieri, Pierluigi;Fraschetti, Angelo;Mazza, Cristina;Ferracuti, Stefano;Giannini, Anna Maria
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2020

Abstract

Most studies on wellbeing during the COVID19 pandemic have focused on the mental health of the general population; far less attention has been given to more specific populations, such as patients with mental illness. Indeed, it is important to examine the psychiatric population, given its vulnerability. The present study aimed at assessing the psychological and emotional impact of isolation on patients in Residential Rehabilitation Communities, compared to healthy controls. A questionnaire was administered crosssectionally on an online survey platform and both psychiatric patients and healthy controls accessed via a designed link. The results showed significant differences between psychiatric patients and controls on Anxiety, Stress, Worry, and Risk Perception variables. Psychiatric patients scored lower on Stress compared to healthy controls and higher on Anxiety, Perceived Risk of getting infected with COVID19 and Worry about the emergency situation. The results showed that, during the Italian lockdown, psychiatric patients living in residential communities received unbroken support from peers and mental health professionals, maintained their usual medication treatment, and were informed of COVID19 consequences. This finding provides insight into the differences between residential and healthy populations and highlights the importance of continuous support for psychiatric patients, especially during stressful situations such as a pandemic.
2020
Covid19; psychiatric patients; stress; anxiety; depression; coping; worry; risk perception; mental illness.
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Psychological and Emotional Impact of Patients Living in Psychiatric Treatment Communities during Covid-19 Lockdown in Italy / Burrai, Jessica; Roma, Paolo; Barchielli, Benedetta; Biondi, Silvia; Cordellieri, Pierluigi; Fraschetti, Angelo; Pizzimenti, Alessia; Mazza, Cristina; Ferracuti, Stefano; Giannini, Anna Maria. - In: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 2077-0383. - 9:11(2020), p. 3787. [10.3390/jcm9113787]
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