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Anxiety: phenomenology, epidemiology, and risk factors during the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in 2020 led to significant negative social consequences associated inter alia with adverse effects on mental health. One of the most common mental illness is anxiety disorders, the rise in which is characteristic of social upheaval periods. This paper analyzes the problem of anxiety, reviews information on the epidemiology of anxiety, on the factors and mechanisms of its development. It unveils the association of anxiety with addictive disorders, lifestyle factors, and traumatic childhood experience and highlights the problem of increased anxiety in the context of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemics in Russia.

About the Authors

A. G. Merkin
Federal Research and Clinical Center of Specialized Types of Medical Care and Medical Technologies, Federal Biomedical Agency of Russia; Centre for Precise Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Russian Federation

Aleksander Gennadievich Merkin

Academy for Postgraduate Training

91, Volokolamskoe Shosse, Moscow 125371
Hennersdorfer Weg 3, 87600 Kaufbeuren, Germany 

S. S. Akinfieva
Doverie (Trust) National Center for Social Support and Rehabilitation Technologies
Russian Federation
10, Likhov Lane, Moscow 127051

A. V. Martyushev-Poklad
Federal Research and Clinical Center for Resuscitation and Rehabilitation
Russian Federation
777, Lytkino Village, Solnechnogorsky District, Moscow Region 141534

O. P. Beloskurskaya
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)
Russian Federation

Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining of Personnel

10, Miklukho-Maklai St., Build. 2, Moscow 117198

E. N. Dinov
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)
Russian Federation

Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining of Personnel

10, Miklukho-Maklai St., Build. 2, Moscow 117198

S. L. Ostrovsky
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)
Russian Federation

Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining of Personnel

10, Miklukho-Maklai St., Build. 2, Moscow 117198

A. N. Komarov
Doverie (Trust) National Center for Social Support and Rehabilitation Technologies
Russian Federation
10, Likhov Lane, Moscow 127051

O. Yu. Zakharova
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Russian Federation

Institute of Social Sciences

82, Vernadsky Prospect, Build. 1, Moscow 119571

V. A. Kazhin
Centre for Precise Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Hennersdorfer Weg 3, 87600 Kaufbeuren

I. A. Nikiforov
Federal Research and Clinical Center of Specialized Types of Medical Care and Medical Technologies, Federal Biomedical Agency of Russia
Russian Federation

Academy for Postgraduate Training

91, Volokolamskoe Shosse, Moscow 125371

M. Glover
Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking
New Zealand
PO Box 89186, Torbay, Auckland 0742


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Merkin A.G., Akinfieva S.S., Martyushev-Poklad A.V., Beloskurskaya O.P., Dinov E.N., Ostrovsky S.L., Komarov A.N., Zakharova O.Yu., Kazhin V.A., Nikiforov I.A., Glover M. Anxiety: phenomenology, epidemiology, and risk factors during the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2021;13(1):107-112. (In Russ.)

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