A Monday Is a Tuesday is a Sunday as COVID-19 disrupts internal clocks

The prospect of an increase in mental disorders has spurred E. Alison Holman, a health psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, to study the psychological effects of COVID-19. In past work, Holman and her colleagues have found that people experiencing trauma report that time seems to stop or to move in slow motion. Some individuals also become more focused on a past traumatic experience, a feature of PTSD. Holman worries that the pandemic will cause similar psychological effects in the people most threatened by the virus.