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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 325

Board Member and Representative Zone 16 WPA; Past President, Indian Psychiatric Society; Past President, SAARC psychiatric Federation

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Date of Submission12-Sep-2020
Date of Decision13-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance19-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication28-Sep-2020

How to cite this article:
Raju M S. Preface. Indian J Psychiatry 2020;62, Suppl S3:325

How to cite this URL:
Raju M S. Preface. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Dec 9];62, Suppl S3:325. Available from:


We are witnessing a biogenic explosion of a kind that we could not visualize in our wildest dreams and so were least prepared. The editor and his dedicated team took the initiative to bring up a special international issue of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry that would describe and expand on the various psychiatric issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic which the world is obliged to contend with now. Within a period of 6 months, the virus managed to transform the personality of the world. One can only hope that

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integrum will happen once we acquire the wherewithal to blunt its destructive spree by various means and erect effective bulwarks against its incisive attacks.

In India, the initial impression that corona may not be as aggressive here as it was elsewhere was disproved by its rampant progress across the country. It heaped enormous misery already on the deprived and vulnerable sections of the society. Many third world countries may be finding themselves in a similar situation. The noxious mix of social distancing, isolation, uncertainty, suffering, prospect of painful death, bereavement, overstretched health-care system, and economic distress is affecting the mental health of the populace adversely. We are as yet not fully aware of the medium- and long-term effects of this vicious and virulent virus.

The editorial team has taken upon itself a very onerous task of bringing together the most recent work and thought on the psychiatry of COVID-19 to the desk of the aspiring as well as the ordained psychiatrist. The effort of bringing acknowledged experts together in a short period of time must have been truly daunting. The editor, his team, and all the contributors deserve fulsome praise for this eminently laudable, timely, and noble initiative.

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Correspondence Address:
M S. V. K. Raju
Board Member and Representative Zone 16 WPA; Past President, Indian Psychiatric Society; Past President, SAARC psychiatric Federation

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DOI: 10.4103/indianjpsychiatry.indianjpsychiatry_1098_2

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