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Implication of online-based brief psychotherapy in anxiety spectrum disorder during COVID-19 pandemic

1 Department of Psychology, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Amity University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Clinical Psychology, Sweekaar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences, Secunderabad, Telengana, India

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Susmita Halder,
Department of Psychology, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_38_22

Background: The rapid, ongoing and progressive nature of corona virus pandemic situation is representing global public health disquiet. The uneasiness, apprehension or worry regarding the current circumstances is leading to mental health concern and the quality of life and functioning are being affected and leading to mental health problems. Excessive worry and tension could elevate negative emotions and consternation regarding necessities of daily life, preventive and control measures, life and health threats are the risk factors of aggravation of somatic symptoms. Supportive psychotherapy is an evidenced based therapeutic measure to manage negative emotions and feelings. Aims and Objectives: The present study aimed to explore the application of brief online based brief psychotherapy in the pandemic situation to intervene symptoms of anxiety, somatic concern, and associated negative emotions in daily life. Method: It is a case series of 5 adults with anxiety and somatic symptoms, aggravated in post COVID19 situation therapeutically intervened through brief online based brief psychotherapy. Results: Significant changes in symptom pattern and severity suggest positive indications of online brief therapy for anxiety and related symptoms in pandemic situation.

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