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MARIN, Maísa Gelain  and  ALMEIDA, Rosa Maria Martins de. The Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on addictive behaviors: an integrative review. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.4, pp. 367-374. ISSN 1413-294X.

Addictive behaviors and their impacts have been widely explored. Going through a pandemic moment requires further research since crisis situations involve higher propensity to dependency. The aim of this integrative review was to identify studies that have been conducted so as to explore behaviors related to brain's reward system in a pandemic period, which include substance addiction, internet addiction, gaming and other overusing behaviors. In order to accomplish our objective an integrative search was conducted in CAPES periodicals. Some inclusion and exclusion criteria were used to select the studies and in total (N=12) were explored independently. The results showed that there is an increasingly concern about health care systems, especially for those addicted to substances who need daily support, since addictions habits may have also increased. Behavioral addictions also increased and were exploited in some studies, especially those related to technologies, such as gaming and smartphone usage.

Keywords : Covid-19; addiction; behavior; mental health.

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