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(p. 5) In the Aftermath of Upheaval 

(p. 5) In the Aftermath of Upheaval
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(p. 5) In the Aftermath of Upheaval
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John C. Markowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197554500.003.0002
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date: 25 February 2021

This chapter provides recent historical background for the book: a brief recounting of the onset of the pandemic and its medical and social consequences. It describes in detail some of the losses due to Covid-19, including the loss of sense of safety and health; loss of income and employment; and, too often, the loss of loved ones. The lockdown disrupted social rhythms, a disorienting and anxiety-generating experience for many. With social distancing comes the potential loss of social supports, a risk factor for psychopathology. Excessive social media use is another related psychological risk. Part of the problem for people lies in gauging: how much upset is normal and appropriate in an upsetting time, and how much is excessive and symptomatic? In this destructive context, we anticipate, and are already seeing, a wave of psychiatric disorders following the surge(s) of the virus.

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