To learn more about the overlapping crises of the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, Psychiatry Advisor interviewed pain specialist Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA, the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
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As people around the world face prolonged periods of confinement to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, stress levels may disrupt sleep patterns and worsen overall mental health.
Patients with psychiatric disorders are another population that may be more exposed to COVID-19, and the secondary effects of the pandemic may detract from ongoing treatment, thus worsening overall mental health.
The COVID-19 epidemic has underscored potential gaps in mental health services during emergencies, while also testing the resilience of healthcare workers and medical systems.