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Los Angeles doctor identifies case of coronavirus-related psychosis in patient


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The physical impacts of COVID-19 are playing out in overcrowded hospitals across #Southern #California, but there are growing concerns over the mental impacts of the virus.

#Research is uncovering cases of severe psychosis tied to coronavirus.

A patient in #Los #Angeles undergoing care for COVID-19 also developed a severe mental disorder.

“#We have a patient presently who is being treated for COVID. #And while being treated for COVID has psychosis and has emerged with beliefs that are totally bizarre abnormal,” #Keck #Medicine of USC psychiatrist #Dr. #Steven #Siegel said.

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#Siegel explained people with psychosis experience thoughts and emotions so impaired, they lose touch with reality.

RELATED: #Colorado man tests positive for more contagious variant of COVID-19 found in UK, marks first known case in the U.S.

“#People believe the police are after them or their families are trying to hurt them,” he said.

#Individual reports of coronavirus-related psychosis have been documented in medical journals. #Some experts suspect the cause could be the body’s immune system response or inflammation caused by the disease.

#Dr. #Charles #Casassa is a neurologist at #Loma #Linda #University #Health.

“#We see symptoms that are related to brain inflammation, which can include confusion and rarely psychosis,” he said.

#Casassa is studying the effects of COVID-19 on patients with epilepsy and found the virus can cause more seizures.

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“#We have also found that there are some patients who have no history of seizures before that can subsequently get seizures once infected with COVID,” he said.

#Research on how COVID-19 affects the brain is still in its early days. #How long the psychosis episodes may last and who is vulnerable are all questions that need to be answered. #However, #Siegel says people need to keep in mind that the condition is very rare.

“#This is much more the extreme. #An extreme rarity than it is something that I think people need to spend their energy worrying about,” #Siegel said. “#It’s not likely to happen.”

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