A case report of COVID-19-associated severe psychotic symptoms and suicidal behavior: a late psychiatric intervention

Case Study


A 25-year-old previously healthy female patient experienced new-onset psychosis and showed suicidal behavior after contracting COVID-19. Based on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), the diagnosis of an acute and transient psychotic disorder (ATPD) was appropriate. Due to poor insight into illness, the patient received an oral solution containing 2 mg/mL haloperidol and fully recovered after the first month of treatment. This is the first case of a COVID-19-associated psychotic episode showing full recovery with late intervention, which occurred nearly 45 days after exhibiting the first psychotic symptoms. Additionally, the patient would require long-term follow-up owing to an ultra-high risk of relapse.

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