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Students with severe anxiety during COVID-19 lockdown – exploring the impact and its management

Fayyaz Ahmad Faize (Department of Humanities, COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Waqar Husain (Department of Humanities, COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 5 December 2020

Issue publication date: 22 January 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

COVID-19 generated extensive fear and anxiety across the globe. This study aims to explore the psychological dynamics of students during COVID-19 lockdown, its impact and students’ management strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper collected data from 891 students in Islamabad (Pakistan) using an online survey consisting of the generalized anxiety disorder scale and items on academic variables. After measuring the anxiety levels, this paper interviewed 20 students diagnosed with severe anxiety. The objective was to seek a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID-19 and students’ management.

Findings

This paper found students with different anxiety levels. Most students had no anxiety; however, 8.2% of students had severe anxiety. These students reported psychological, social and physical problems during the interview. The students shared their activities and avoidance behavior to manage their anxiety levels.

Originality/value

The study helped in understanding the psychological dynamics during the pandemic and students’ management strategies. Some students express their inability to cope with their problems. This paper recommends the intervention of clinical practitioners, policymakers and researchers to work for the mental health of such students.

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Citation

Faize, F.A. and Husain, W. (2021), "Students with severe anxiety during COVID-19 lockdown – exploring the impact and its management", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 153-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-09-2020-0062

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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