Bipolar disorder after COVID-19
55-year-old male with no previous mental illness background presented with full-blown manic symptoms following a severe course of COVID-19 infections that required admission.
The patient presented with behavioral disturbance after a diagnosis of COVID-19. He exhibited symptoms including irritability, verbal and physical aggressiveness, increased goal-directed activity, elated and expansive mood, increased energy, grandiosity and inflated self-esteem, and decreased need for sleep.With the diagnosis of bipolar I disorder, current manic episode, severe, with psychotic feature, and first manic episode due to COVID-19 infection, he was admitted to the psychiatry emergency ward. By day 21, after treatment, he was discharged from the hospital with full improvement.
A study of more than 11 million people shows a 60% increase for mental health disorders up to 1 year after having COVID-19. Another study of more than 11 million people suggests that mental health conditions could be among the growing list of symptoms associated with long COVID.
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