The Emotional Impact of Covid-19 on Humanity: “I ‘M Carrying The Covid-19 Virus And Will Infect And Kill My Only Child”.

Authors : Frimpong-Manso Addo; Christian Amoah; Emma Sethina Adjaottor; Gifty B. Amankwaah;

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 7 - July

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Introduction: Patients with excessive anxiety about a situation or object that is not obvious and imminently threatening tend to express their worries in physical symptoms and can confuse health professionals. Case presentation: We report a case of COVID-19 related anxiety-depressive disorder whose treatment was initially delayed because the patient expressed her anxiety in somatic complaints and, also by cultural and professional factors. Discussion: She referred herself to the Psychiatric team and was subsequently treated with combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychoeducation and psycho-pharmacotherapy with good outcome. Conclusion: Until treatment becomes available, COVID-19 has become a source of emotional disturbance globally, especially, for the at risk individuals. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for psychiatric disorders in patients who somatise their emotional problems and avoid unhelpful laborious and expensive investigations and, treatments on such patients. They should refer them for early psychiatric opinion and management to prevent delays that can adversely impact on their treatment outcomes

Keywords : Somatisation, Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Treatment, COVID-19.


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