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Mental health in the post-COVID-19 era: challenges and the way forward
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    Physiological biomarkers of Stress: An aid for mental health assessment in the post-COVID era
    • Simran Kaur, Associate Professor Stress and Cognitive Electroimaging Lab, Department Of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ratna Sharma, Professor

    The article by Vadivel et al addressed the issue of impending mental health crisis in the Post COVID era [1]. The article comprehensively highlights the risk factors, vulnerable groups with either existing or potential of developing mental health issues during these unforeseen circumstances. There are certain pertinent points we would like to highlight in the study.
    The authors have correctly pointed out the lack of specific diagnostic or screening tools for Post COVID assessment of mental health. Additionally, both DSM-5 and ICD-10 are interview-based, which may under-report or over-report the underlying conditions.[1] Further to explore the mental health concerns, traditionally psychometric questionnaires have been used as an instruments for assessment, with the advantage of ease of use and highlighting the perception of the subject. However, since they are subjective and may be influenced by subject’s unwillingness, thereby can lead to delay in treatment.[2]
    Here, we would like to emphasize the role of objective physiological markers for the assessment of stress. Stress is one of the plausible factor increasing the existing mental health illness or contributing to new ones. Though the impact of stress has been explored using subjective questionnaires in COVID-19, but it is mostly done during the course of the illness rather than addressing the Post COVID sequalae. Surprisingly, there is an inconspicuous absence of quantitative measures, which may help to del...

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