The coronavirus pandemic has affected the public health drastically, causing not only multiple deaths but also severe mental health concerns as a result of the pressure of the lockdown and the overall tension. Among the key mental health issues faced by citizens across the globe, development or exacerbation of the obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) deserves a separate mention (Rosa-Alcázar et al., 2021).
Defined in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Disorders (DSM-V) as the “recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced as intrusive and unwanted” and “repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that must be applied rigidly,” OCD has been running rampant during the pandemic (American Psychiatric Association, 2014, p. 234). Therefore, examining how OCD has changed people’s lives during the coronavirus pandemic will help to reduce the problem.
What makes the specified suggestion particularly interesting is the opportunity to introduce narratives form different cultures so that the entire picture of the problem with the management of the pandemic could be represented. Apart from a cross-disciplinary approach that is central to addressing the phenomenon of the coronavirus, it is also critical to adopt a cross-cultural framework that will guide the audiences through the experiences of others and provide professional commentaries for the specified narratives (Nishiura et l., 2020). Thus, after recognizing the patterns of response to which the viewer may have succumbed during the pandemic, one will be able to change the course of actions, thus, safeguarding not only oneself but also the people around them. For this reason, the proposed research is vital to the management o the pandemic.
In order to conduct the research, participants from several local facilities, as well as online volunteers, will be recruited. In a series of interviews, the key information concerning the behaviors and strategies that the participants have taken in their attempts and managing the increasing tension and pressure that a significant number of people have been experiencing as a result of the pandemic and the lockdown (Upoalkpajor & Upoalkpajor, 2020).
Apart from studying the typical behaviors ad noticing the factors that incite them, options for correcting these behaviors and, therefore, controlling the disorder better will be introduced (Damirchi et al., 2020). The specified course of actions is expected to lead to major insights concerning the connection between OCD and the pandemic, as well as study the responses that people have been producing to the forced isolation.
To conduct the study in question, several types of resources will be incorporated into the analysis. First and most importantly, the narratives provided by patients will be obtained as the crucial primary evidence that will be used to determine the issue and underlying factors. The obtained information will represent primary research to be used for the further analysis.
In addition, resources such as scholarly articles’ repositories, will be included into the range of sources to consult. Providing an opportunity to familiarize oneself with some of the recent insights and discoveries associated with the ongoing research of the coronavirus, the suggested source will be especially useful (Davahli et al., 2020). Finally, secondary resources such as systematic reviews and the associated materials will be incorporated into the range of materials that this paper will consider (Naidu & Naidu, 2020). By conducting another study on the coronavirus and introducing OCD as one of the factors, one will be able to increase people’s safety globally.
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