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Psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in France: a national assessment of at-risk populations
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    Coming of Age of Contemplative Neuroscience and Neuroaesthetics in Healthcare

    Psychological distress is common and expected in people who have not only contracted COVID but also their families and not the least the treating health professionals too. There is not just Peritraumatic Stress but also Pretraumatic Stress (before infection), Posttraumatic Stress (after coming out) and Paratraumatic Stress (for those around). We are indeed in extraordinary times. Extraordinary problems call for extraordinary solutions. After reading this article and feeling despondent I was particularly impressed by an article by Lizzie Burns titled Transforming the everyday into something beautiful: How origami can help encourage self-care (BMJ Opinion December 21, 2020). It nicely highlights one way in which how our creative instincts could be cultivated to uplift our consciousness to become more self-conscious, self-compassionate and self-confident in sustaining and thriving during these challenging times. This article is encouraging and reassuring that healthcare is indeed as much an art as a science. It is time that more of us recognize this and create the much-needed mainstreaming of aesthetics into essential healthcare.

    The COVID-19 crisis has had its impact on mental well-being and has stretched our physical psychological resources to their capacity. The challenges have been extraordinary. Agencies of all disciplines from molecular genetics to psychology are trying their best to come up with varying approaches to sustainable solutions to the pandemic proble...

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