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Psychiatric Aspects of Covid-19

In response to the pandemic, the Institute of Psychiatry has put together a series of resources examining the psychiatric aspects of Covid-19 and epidemic disease.


The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar convenes twice a month, presenting a scholarly perspective to an inter-disciplinary group of attendees. It has the distinctions of being the oldest forum in the United States dedicated to the study of the history of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences.

Damir Huremović, M.D., North Shore University Hospital
April 8, 2020
“Psychiatry of Pandemics: Understanding the historical and psychological perspective of a current pandemic outbreak”

Fact Sheets

Our white papers, or “Fact Sheets” on selected mental health issues seek to distill the clinical, historical, and periodical literature into accessible, easy to read papers. Heavily researched and carefully footnoted, they are intended to be of particular use to journalists, policy makers, and others in need of detailed information at a glance. Once developed, these fact sheets are periodically updated and maintained by Institute staff.

The Impact of Pandemic Disease on Mental Health

Covid-19 and the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Covid-19: First Person Histories

It has been over 100 years since the last occurrence of an epidemic comparable in scale to the effects of Covid-19. How do we make sense of this time, personally or historically? And how will our experience be understood by the generations that follow?

This collection of first-person accounts has been culled from a variety of media sources, and reflect the experiences of writers, healthcare personnel, students, restaurant workers, travelers, and host of others around the world. As an ad hoc assemblage of oral histories, it is fashioned to assist in making sense of this period of upheaval, and to serve as a resource for future scholars seeking to understand this changing time.

To access the collection, click here.

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