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Vol. 50. Issue 1.
Pages 39-42 (January - March 2021)
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Vol. 50. Issue 1.
Pages 39-42 (January - March 2021)
Case Report
DOI: 10.1016/j.rcpeng.2020.10.002
COVID-19 quarantine-related psychotic symptoms
Síntomas psicóticos en relación con cuarentena por COVID-19
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Sergio Ciria Villar
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sergicivi@gmail.com

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, Jose Luis Día Sahún
Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet, Zaragoza, Spain
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Introduction

Three cases are presented that are characterised by an acute psychopathological decompensation during the state of alarm in Spain due to the COVID-19 epidemic, as an example of the mental morbidity that can be generated as a result of the confinement and social isolation measures.

Case report

Three cases are presented, all of them with a diagnosis of “brief psychotic episode” (F23). In these selected cases, the social restrictions implemented as a result of COVID-19 have played a very relevant role as an external stressor of psychotic symptoms in the patients. The response to antipsychotic treatment was rapid and very favourable. There could be specific psychological vulnerability factors related to the epidemic, which are still being studied today.

Conclusions

Our cases are just a sample of the new paradigm that psychiatry is facing, requiring an early and effective approach to the upturn in mental illness that is foreseeable in the coming months.

Keywords:
Psychosis
COVID-19
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Introducción

Se presentan 3 casos caracterizados por una descompensación psicopatológica aguda durante el estado de alarma en España a causa de la epidemia por COVID-19, como ejemplificación de la morbilidad psíquica que puede generarse en relación con las medidas de confinamiento y aislamiento social.

Casos clínicos

Se presentan 3 casos clínicos, todos ellos con diagnóstico al alta de «episodio psicótico breve» (F23). En estos casos seleccionados, las restricciones sociales implementadas a consecuencia de la COVID-19 han tenido un papel muy relevante como estresor externo para la aparición de síntomas psicóticos en los pacientes. La respuesta al tratamiento antipsicótico fue rápida y muy favourable. Podría haber factores psíquicos de vulnerabilidad específicos relacionados con la epidemia, que se sigue estudiando actualmente.

Conclusiones

Estos casos son solo una muestra del nuevo paradigma al que se enfrenta la psiquiatría, y es necesario un abordaje precoz y eficaz del repunte de enfermedades mentales que es previsible en los próximos meses.

Palabras clave:
Psicosis
COVID-19

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