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Mental Health Problems During COVID-19 and Attitudes Toward Digital Therapeutics

 Manjae Kwon  ;  Young-Chul Jung  ;  Deokjong Lee  ;  Jaeun Ahn 
 PSYCHIATRY INVESTIGATION, Vol.20(1) : 52-61, 2023-01 
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COVID-19 ; Coronavirus ; Digital therapeutics ; Mental health ; Pandemic
Objective We aimed to elucidate public mental health problems and associated factors during the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Furthermore, we evaluated people's attitudes toward digital therapeutics during the pandemic. Methods Data was collected online from participants, aged between 20-50 without any history of mental illness, from June 1st to June 30th 2021. The survey consisted of questions regarding demographics, changes during pandemic and attitude towards digital therapeutics, and mental health measures. Results Among the total of 445 participants, 49.2% reported significant level of stress and 13.5% and 7.0% met the screening criteria for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, respectively. Significant predictive factors for mental health problems were-younger age group, female sex, currently being treated for medical or surgical disease, change in the amount of time spent on mobile device or computer after pandemic, change in household income, and change in work environment due to pandemic. Furthermore, 35.1% of participants, considered psychiatric consultation, at least slightly, but were hesitant to receive it due to the fear of contacting COVID-19 at the clinics. Instead, 54.4% of them preferred using digital therapeutics as an alternative to visiting offline clinics. Conclusion We demonstrated that COVID-19 increased mental health problems along with access problems and identified their predictive factors. Digital therapeutics emerged as a viable solution to mental health problems and it was well-received by those in need of psychiatric consultation. Therefore, development and implementation of digital therapeutics should be considered to improve the mental health of people. Psychiatry Investig 2023;20(1):52-61
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Kwon, Manjae(권만재)
Ahn, Jaeun(안재은) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1331-7854
Lee, Deokjong(이덕종) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5425-4677
Jung, Young Chul(정영철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0578-2510
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