COVID-19: Emergence of Mental Health Upheaval and Transition in Human Future Perspectives: A Qualitative Study

https://doi.org/10.32996/jhsss.2020.2.6.11

Authors

  • Saba Khurshid Department of Psychology, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Sidra Mumtaz Department of Psychology, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Hafsa Khalil Toor Department of Psychology, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Rubina Hanif National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Keywords:

COVID-19, Pandemic, Mental health, Social distancing, Xenophobia

Abstract

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic is constantly posing warning and creating mental health crisis among people without any discrimination. Therefore, the current study purpose is to explore mental health upheaval and transition in future perspectives due to COVID-19. Using exploratory study design, semi structure interviews were conducted. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed by using Thematic Content Analysis. The major themes which were identified showed that COVID-19 is constantly eliciting panic and mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression, fears of death, xenophobia, OCD and uncertainty about future among general population. Results also indicated the major transition in public future perspectives and perception. Concern related to adjustability in life after pandemic is major emerging future concern among Pakistani People. During pandemic outbreak, people are becoming vulnerable to different mental health problems. To overcome these issues successfully, role of mental health professionals cannot be denied. There is strong need to devise activities and strategies which help people to increase resilience and build strong relationships during the period of social distancing. This paper gives a deep insight into mental health problems among general population due to COVID-19 and it also implicates need of psychological services to overcome these issues.

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Published

2020-11-30

How to Cite

Khurshid , S. ., Mumtaz , S. ., Toor, H. K. ., & Hanif, R. . . (2020). COVID-19: Emergence of Mental Health Upheaval and Transition in Human Future Perspectives: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies, 2(6), 94-100. https://doi.org/10.32996/jhsss.2020.2.6.11