The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the mental health of people, leading to an increase in depressive and anxiety disorders in the post-pandemic era. As such, it is vital to recognize symptoms of an anxiety attack as well as depressive symptoms at the primary care level, with due regard to red flags indicating a need to refer to a specialist. Both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions play a pivotal role in the overall management of these mental health disorders, along with identifying and addressing the causes of depression and anxiety.
This e-learning module aims to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the general population, and the diagnostic and management approach to depression and anxiety disorder.
Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
Anna Sharmie C. Quezon-Santos, MD, MPM, DSBPP
Centro Medico de Santisimo Rosario Inc
Zamboanga City Medical Center
University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital
Keywords: mental health, anxiety disorder, causes of depression, symptoms of an anxiety attack, mental health awareness, COVID-19