Anxiety and Suicidality in a Hospitalized Patient with COVID-19 Infection

  • Danny Epstein Department of Internal Medicine “B”, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel.
  • Wisam Andrawis Department of Internal Medicine ‘B’, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel
  • Ari M Lipsky Department of Emergency Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel
  • Hiba Abu Ziad Infectious Diseases Unit, Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poria, Israel
  • Moshe Matan Intensive Care Unit, Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poria, Israel

Keywords

Suicidality, COVID-19, distress, isolation, quarantine

Abstract

We describe a case of a young man admitted to due to mild COVID-19 infection. During his hospitalization in an isolation ward, he had no respiratory distress or fever but developed symptoms consistent with anxiety and insomnia. Despite the appropriate supportive intervention, on hospital day 7, he attempted suicide by jumping from the third-floor ward. The patient was urgently operated and transferred to level I trauma center under strict isolation. Our findings emphasize the importance of mental health aspects during the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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  • Published: 2020-04-09

    Issue: Vol 7 No 5 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
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    Epstein D, Andrawis W, Lipsky AM, Ziad HA, Matan M. Anxiety and Suicidality in a Hospitalized Patient with COVID-19 Infection. EJCRIM [Internet]. 2020Apr.9 [cited 2020Sep.19];7(5). Available from: https://ejcrim.com/index.php/EJCRIM/article/view/1651