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Obsessive-compulsive disorder post-COVID-19: a case presentation.
Alkhamees, Abdulmajeed A.
  • Alkhamees AA; Department of Medicine, Unayzah College of Medicine and Medical Science, Qassim University, Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia.
Egypt J Neurol Psychiatr Neurosurg ; 57(1): 150, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1496245
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant changes that impacted because of it, people around the world have been left dealing with its consequences-fear of becoming ill and dying, fear of losing loved ones, uncertainty about the future, and imposed social isolation-several elements which could lead to psychological consequences. Moreover, as suggested by recent evidence, the virus acts as a factor in causing psychological symptoms, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, and post-traumatic stress disorder. CASE PRESENTATION Here, we report a case of a patient with new-onset OCD after his recovery from the coronavirus disease, which presented in the form of recurrent and persistent intrusive thoughts and doubts which responded to medication.

CONCLUSIONS:

This case shows the potential of COVID-19-associated inflammatory triggers to precipitate or induce obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Although this case cannot support causation, it does stress the bidirectional effects that physical and mental illness share.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Case report Language: English Journal: Egypt J Neurol Psychiatr Neurosurg Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S41983-021-00405-1

Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Case report Language: English Journal: Egypt J Neurol Psychiatr Neurosurg Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S41983-021-00405-1