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Emotional and behavioural dysregulation in children of health care workers in the frontline of COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

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L. C. Rathnayake,

University of Kelaniya, Ragama, LK
About L. C.
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
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M. Chandradasa

University of Kelaniya, Ragama, LK
About M.
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka

Faculty of Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

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Abstract

A novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) causing respiratory failure was recognised in Wuhan China and the World Health Organization declared the infection a pandemic. Thousands of lives have been lost and the health care workers working in the frontlines are susceptible to morbidity and mortality due to the highly contagious virus. Significant psychological consequences such as sleep disturbance, anxiety, depressive symptoms, somatization, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in health workers have been reported from China. We were unable to access any reports of mental health consequences in children of health workers. Parental psychological distress is known to affect children’s mental wellbeing significantly and we report three children presenting with emotional and behavioural dysregulation whose parents are frontline COVID-19 health care workers in Sri Lanka.
How to Cite: Rathnayake, L.C. and Chandradasa, M., 2020. Emotional and behavioural dysregulation in children of health care workers in the frontline of COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, 11(1), pp.58–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v11i1.8236
Published on 18 Jun 2020.
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