The spread of covid-19 and psychiatric impact on indigenous peoples




COVID-19, Indigenous Peoples, Pandemic, Mental Health


Background: Information on strategies adopted by Indigenous peoples against COVID-19 is scarce, and history shows that Indigenous peoples in the Amazon region may be particularly affected by the  pandemic.

Method: The studies were identified in well-known international journals found in two electronic databases: Scopus and Embase. The data were cross-checked with information from the main international newspapers.

Results: Mental disorders in the affective spectrum (unipolar major depression, dysthymia, bipolarity) and anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social phobia) also mark the reality of Indigenous psychiatric vulnerability.

Conclusions: To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities in Brazil, a health service for Indigenous groups, a crisis office, and a monitoring panel were created. In the state of Amazonas, home to more Indigenous people than any other Brazilian state, 95% of the intensive care beds are occupied.  Thus, mental health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples may be related to the underlying economic, social, and political inequities that are legacies of colonization and oppression of Indigenous cultures; the disproportionate rates of mental disorders must be understood in context, not as intrinsic predisposition of Indigenous peoples, but as reflecting persistent inequalities.


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Biografia do Autor

Modesto Leite Rolim Neto, Faculdade de Medicina - Universidade Federal do Cariri - UFCA

School of Medicine of Juazeiro do Norte (FMJ/Estácio) – Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, Brazil.




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Oliveira TBS de, Moreira JL de S, Feitosa PWG, Lima DGS, Dionízio BS, Rolim Neto ML. The spread of covid-19 and psychiatric impact on indigenous peoples. am [Internet]. 23º de novembro de 2021 [citado 17º de julho de 2024];1(3):134-7. Disponível em:




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