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Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128242896, 9780128242889

Mental Health Effects of COVID-19

1st Edition

Editor: Ahmed Moustafa
Paperback ISBN: 9780128242896
eBook ISBN: 9780128242889
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th June 2021
Page Count: 348
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The physical effects of COVID-19 are felt globally. However, one issue that has not been sufficiently addressed is the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens worldwide are enduring widespread lockdowns; children are out of school; and millions have lost their jobs, which has caused anxiety, depression, insomnia, and distress. Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 provides a comprehensive analysis of mental health problems resulting from COVID-19, including depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, trauma, and PTSD. The book includes chapters detailing the impact of COVID-19 on the family’s well-being and society dynamics. The book concludes with an explanation on how meditation and online treatment methods can be used to combat the effects on mental health.

Key Features

  • Discusses family dynamics, domestic violence, and aggression due to COVID-19

  • Details the psychological impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents

  • Includes key information on depression, anxiety, and suicide as a result of COVID-19


Advanced students and researchers in, psychology, medicine, health sciences. Practicing clinicians in the field of psychology and psychiatry. Policy makers, care takers

Table of Contents

Part I - Impact of COVID-19 on mental health

1. COVID-19 and the impact on gambling, sex, and pornography use and addictions
Anastasia Hronis and Patrick Dixon

2. Care leavers’ experiences of COVID-19 in Uganda and Ghana: Implications for their mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
Paul Bukuluki, Kwabena Frimpong-Manso, and Francis Kato

3. The impact of COVID-19 on mental health of frontline health workers in Ghana and Uganda
Simon Peter Katongole, Peter Yaro, and Paul Bukuluki

4. The psychosocial effect of COVID-19 on urban refugees: Narratives from Congolese refugees living in Kampala
Paul Bukuluki, Hadijah Mwenyango, Francis Kato, Agnes Kyamulabi, and Alex Bagabo

5. Psychological distress, social support, and psychological flexibility during COVID-19
Richard Tindle and Ahmed A. Moustafa

6. The impact of COVID-19 social restrictions on culture and psychosocial well-being: The Ghanaian experience
Alfred Dickson Dai-Kosi, Victoria Akuorkor Acquaye, Kingsley Kwadwo Asare Pereko, Paa-Kwesi Blankson, and Christian Ackom

7. "Alone, but not lonely": The impact of COVID-19 on older persons and the role of technology in staying connected
Ceylan Okan, Gabrielle Weidemann, and Phoebe E. Bailey

8. Social isolation as a laboratory model of depression
Gunes Unal

9. Increased hallucinations in patients with Alzheimer’s disease during the Covid-19 lockdown: A presentation of two cases
Mohamad El Haj and Frank Larøi

10. Eating disorders during a coronavirus pandemic
Samantha Hayes and Evelyn Smith

11. Obsessive-compulsive disorder during and after Covid-19 pandemic
Anıl Şafak Kaçar

Part II - Recent topics on impact of COVID-19 on health

12. The role of nutrition in respiratory disease and COVID-19 management
Kingsley Kwadwo Asare Pereko, Enock Dugbatey Mensah, Victoria Akuorkor Acquaye, Christiana Nsiah-Asamoah, Flora Chadare, Freda Dzifa Intiful, Jacob Setorglo, Nancy Innocentia Ebu, and Alfred Dickson Dai-Kosi

13. Physical activity as a counteracting measure to mitigate the harmful effects of COVID-19 lockdowns: Special focus on healthy children, adolescents, adults, elderly, athletes, and people with Down syndrome
Monoem Haddad, Zied Abbes, Amine Ghram, Germina Cosma, and Karim Chamari

14. Parenting through the COVID-19 pandemic
Natalie M.V. Morrison and Ben. W. Morrison

15. Compliance with health-protective behaviors in relation to COVID-19: The roles of health-related misinformation, perceived vulnerability, and personality traits
Zahir Vally

16. Social media use, experiences of social connectedness and wellbeing during COVID-19
Jacqui Taylor-Jackson, Imogen Abba, Alessandra Baradel, Jeremy Lay, Jasmin Herewini, and Amber Taylor

17. Cognitive behavior therapy for COVID-19 related distress
Karen Moses and Bethany M. Wootton


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About the Editor

Ahmed Moustafa

Dr. Ahmed A. Moustafa is an associate professor in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Marcs Institute for Brain, Behavior, and Development, and in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. He is trained in computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. His early training took place at Cairo University in mathematics and computer science. Before joining Western Sydney University as a lab director, he spent 11 years in America studying psychology and neuroscience. He researches computational and neuropsychological studies of addiction, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and depression. He has published more than 150 papers in high-ranking journals including Science, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Neuron.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia & Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology, the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Department of Psychiatry, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland School of Psychology & Marcs Institute for Brain and Behaviour, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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