COVID-19 pandemic: An opportunity in disguise for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry!

  • Suravi Patra Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS Bhubaneswar
  • Naresh Nebhinani
  • Susanta Kumar Padhy


Globally COVID-19 pandemic has hit the child and adolescent population hard; though the virus remains asymptomatic or causes mild symptoms in the majority of children; but the psychological impact is tremendous. As in any disaster, adult lives gain prominence at the cost of child well-being. Maternal and child healthcare services are diverted towards COVID care facilities. Routine child and adolescent mental health facilities are suspended impairing the mental health of children. The already precarious child and adolescent psychiatry services have suffered a severe blow.