December 29 According to American media reports, doctors from all over the world report that a few patients who have never experienced mental problems have severe mental symptoms several weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus.
According to the New York Times on the 28th, Hissam Gooley, a doctor at a mental hospital on Long Island, said that this summer he noticed that one of his patients, a 42-year-old physical therapist, had never had a family history of mental symptoms or any mental illness.
The only thing that is worth noting is that she contracted the novel coronavirus in the spring.
Although she only had mild physical symptoms, the woman said a few months later that “there was a voice that asked her to kill herself first and then let her kill her own child”.
Gully wasn’t initially sure if COVID-19 was related to the woman’s mental symptoms, but later saw a second, third, and fourth cases.
According to US media, doctors across the United States and around the world have reported similar cases.
A handful of COVID-19 patients who have never experienced mental health problems have severe mental symptoms weeks after contracting the virus: a 36-year-old nursing home worker in North Carolina paranoidly believes that her three children will be kidnapped; a 30-year-old New York construction worker suffers from severe paranoia and believes that his cousin wants to Murder him. In order to protect himself, he tried to strangle his loved ones in bed.
In addition to individual reports, a study of neurological or mental complications in 153 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United Kingdom found that 10 people had “new mental illness”.
Another study found 10 such patients in a Spanish hospital. Medical experts expect that this extreme mental disorder will affect only a small number of patients, but these cases are considered to be examples of COVID-19 affecting human mental health and brain function in another way.
It is reported that from the physical condition, most of these patients are not seriously ill due to COVID-19.
The patients treated by Dr. Gooley did not have respiratory problems, but they did have mild neurological symptoms, such as tingling, dizziness, headache or loss of smell in the hands.”
However, after two weeks to months, they develop into severe mental illness, which is really dangerous and terrible for those around them,” Gooley said. In addition, he also mentioned that most of these patients are between the ages of 30 and 50, and this type of mental illness is very rare in this age range.