RESEARCH

Monitoring the evolution of post-traumatic symptoms, depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazilians

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?

During epidemic situations, there is an increase in psychological distress, related to the possibility of illness, death, infection to other people, social isolation and economic losses. However, the focus of research has been on combating the infectious agent, but mental health issues have been neglected. This study aims to investigate the evolution of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in Brazilian individuals during the COVID pandemic19, as well as associated risk factors. This seeks to document the increase in needs for mental health care, in order to provide subsidies for the planning and creation of services, at government or private level, to alleviate the resulting suffering.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Anyone residing in Brazil, or a Brazilian living abroad, can participate. In the study, people will be grouped according to their occupation, including:

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  • HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

  • STUDENTS

  • ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS

  • NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS

  • RETIREES AND PENSIONERS

 

HOW WILL THE STUDY BE?

Participation in the study consists of answering online questionnaires, which will include several questions about the mental and emotional situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaires will be applied in four moments: initial questionnaire, one month, three months and six months from the period of application of the first questionnaire. The questionnaires will be answered anonymously; however, an email address will be requested to enable the survey to be followed.

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