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Psychiatry and COVID-19

Educational Objective
To understand how COVID-19 is affecting the field of psychiatry
1 Credit CME

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused major disruptions in all aspects of daily life, from school and work to interactions with friends and families. Mitigation measures also substantially altered the economic environment, with tens of millions of people in the US losing their jobs, and many more experiencing income reductions (through furloughs) or uncertainty about the future of employment and health insurance. In addition, major changes took place almost overnight in the landscape of medicine and medical care, including new policies to reduce social/physical interaction and cessation of many in-person medical visits.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Dost Öngür, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, 115 Mill St, Mailstop 108, Room AB320, Belmont, MA 02478 (dongur@partners.org).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Perlis reported receiving personal fees from Outermost Therapeutics, Psy Therapeutics, Genomind, RID Ventures, Burrage Capital, and Takeda outside the submitted work. No other disclosures were reported.

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