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How Lived Experiences of COVID-19 Shape Mental Health: A Case Series of COVID-19 Patients from Wuhan, China


College of Language Intelligence, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing, China


School of English Studies, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing, China


Department of Pharmacy, Chongqing Public Health Medical Center, Chongqing, China

Alpha Psychiatry 2021; 22: 269-274
DOI: 10.5152/alphapsychiatry.2021.21288
Read: 753 Downloads: 179 Published: 01 September 2021

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) severely impacts physical and mental health of COVID-19 patients. This study aimed to investigate COVID-19 patient narratives to reveal how their lived experiences of COVID-19 infection and quarantine shape their mental health. In-depth semi-structural interviews were conducted with 5 COVID-19 patients from Wuhan to elicit their lived experiences of COVID-19. The case reports showed that persons diagnosed with COVID-19 infection and admitted to the COVID ward developed the symptoms of anxiety, worry, low mood, frustration, irritability, stigma, distress, guilt, and loneliness. Lack of scientific information, long-term social isolation, and limited social support were the main risk factors leading to their mental health problems. The study suggests that timely diagnosis of patients’ mental health problems and diverse psychological interventions are needed before, during, and after their hospitalization.

Cite this article as: Deng Y, Yang J, Wang L, Chen Y. How lived experiences of COVID-19 shape mental health: a case series of  COVID-19 patients from Wuhan, China. Alpha Psychiatry. 2021;22(5):269-274.

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