According tomedia BGR, some people are so afraid of contracting the coronavirus that they experience severe anxiety and depressive episodes. The term created to describe this side effect is called “neo-crown phobia”, a very serious condition that has a huge impact on people’s lives. According to the researchers, “new coronary phobias” can be expressed in countless ways. While some people may be too afraid to go out, others may be plagued by anxiety or even suffer from depressive episodes.
Some studies have shown that people with anxiety tendencies or those who need a degree of certainty in their lives are more likely to be affected by “new coronary phobias”.
A report in Medscape states:
The term is an umbrella phrase that refers to the fear, emotions, and social pressures that people experience in dealing with COVID-19. Obsessive-compulsive behavior, pain, avoidance, panic, anxiety, paranoia, and depression are some of the reactions associated with neo-coronary phobias. On the face of it, these seem normal, a bit suited to the reaction of this surreal and scary moment. However, for those who have experienced neo-coronary phobias, they are clearly unsuitable and harmful.
According to a doctor interviewed by Medscape, neo-coronary phobia is essentially an adaptive disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, adjustment disorders are when a person experiences a level of stress or physical response that is not insanity with the underlying condition itself.
Some of the symptoms that indicate adjustment disorders include the following:
Feeling sad, hopeless, or unable to enjoy what the past can enjoy;
Worried or feeling anxious, nervous, restless, or stressed;
Loss of appetite;
Difficult to concentrate;
Difficulties in daily activities;
Disengagement from social support;
Avoid important things, such as going to work or paying bills.
Suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
The Mayo Clinic notes that adjustment disorders usually do not last more than six months after a stress event. Of course, this will help explain the new coronary phobia. The new crown pandemic is still ongoing, and in fact the outbreak is getting worse in some areas. In fact, coronavirus infection rates are now higher in some U.S. states than they were in March and April.