What is it about?

The COVID-19 pandemic possesses challenges for individuals with preexisting mental health conditions, such as those with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and Illness Anxiety Disorder. Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, sanitary precautions have become encouraged. Mental health practitioners need to examine how the normalization of these practices may become triggers and reinforcements for obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviors.

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Why is it important?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact in populations with mental health conditions.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has a co-author with whom I have had long-standing collaborations.

Rita Rivera
Albizu University

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This page is a summary of: Coronavirus: A trigger for OCD and illness anxiety disorder?, Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, August 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/tra0000725.
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