Psychiatry and the Potential of Digital Tools (Series #1)

The Impact of Changes in the COVID19 Pandemic on Psychiatry

Psychiatric disorder, Digital Therapeutics (DTx), Disease management and Patient monitoring, Clinical Doctor, COVID-19, Telemedicine

Dr. Y

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The spread of new coronavirus infections has transformed people's daily lives. And psychiatric care is also no exception. According to a report by the Office of Suicide Prevention, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of suicides, which had been on a downward trend in recent years, began to rise in 2020. By prefecture, metropolitan areas such as Kanagawa, Osaka, and Aichi are conspicuous for the high increase in both the number and rate of suicides. In terms of the men's ratio, the number of suicides among women increased while men’s number remained downward. The increase in the number of suicides among women is thought to be because many of them work part-time. The loss of their jobs due to the COVID19 pandemic has worsened their living conditions.


However, this is not only a problem in metropolitan areas. At the regional university hospital where I work, there are many cases in which the COVID19 pandemic has influenced the increase in suicide attempts, and the deterioration of the patient's condition, more or less. 


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