Mark McDonald, an LA psychiatrist, became concerned about the mental health effects of COVID-19 after he observed the symptoms of the disease in his patients. He also saw that the disease was affecting the mental health of the American people. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, he wrote the book. The book has two parts: the first part focuses on the COVID-19 and the other half on the psychological effects on Americans.
The book describes the psychiatric impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our society. The national media and climate of fear created by the virus contributed to this adverse effect on Americans. The government overreacted, leading to a hysterical reaction among the general population. The author argues that this is the main cause of our societal ills.
While pathological fear can be beneficial for individuals, it can be harmful for communities, societies, and countries. For instance, an overly cautious driver can lead to an accident. And a group’s fear can magnify the effects of the problem. For example, in many cities, playground equipment has been removed, which prevents children from getting hurt and growing.