COVID-19 Infection Induced Mania
Dr. Ishani Roy,
Flat 26, 10, Judges Court Road, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) infection or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV 2) infection, is associated with various psychiatric consequences, which are because of various types of stressors, may be due to fear of infection or social isolation, hospitalization, death and so on. In the present case report, a 44-year-old female with a history of pentazocine addiction and no known history of previous psychiatric illness was admitted to the Emergency Department with vacant, withdrawn look, unnatural fixed posture, mutism, refusal to eat. These symptoms developed after discharge from another hospital where she was treated for COVID-19 induced severe pneumonia (resolving). The very next day, the patient demonstrated excessive talkativeness and jovial mood with echolalia. The patient was treated symptomatically and recovered without the use of any antipsychotics. This report highlights the probability of the mania like symptoms being linked to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 infection) highlighting the need for assessment of various psychiatric manifestations during COVID-19 infection.