A group of scientists from Japan, including specialists from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the hospital at the Tokyo National Center for Health and Medicine, was worried about the risk of suicide among those infected with coronavirus. With an appropriate letter, they turned to the community of psychiatrists, transmit Izvestia.
Specialists called for a more careful consideration of the condition of patients who are being treated in hospitals.
Scientists noted that during severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and the outbreak of SARS in the Middle East (MERS) in 2014, those infected experienced mental health problems during and after treatment in hospitals. So, in hospitalized patients suicidal mood was observed, real cases of suicides among them are also known.
Japanese scientists also studied the data of patients with confirmed coronavirus who were admitted to the National Center from January 29 to March 13, 2020. Researchers interviewed those who had been in the hospital for more than 20 days. It turned out that some patients experienced fear of the future, anxiety from separation from loved ones, prejudices about the disease and depression from a prolonged lack of freedom.
Maxim Kozhemyakin, a candidate of psychological sciences, an employee of the Kant Baltic Federal University, called the work important for psychiatry, despite a small sample.
“Important in this letter is the evidence that the respondents had acceptable living conditions, they did not feel a threat to their financial situation in the circumstances. And this means that even in a situation of social security, a suicide threat may arise, ”he stressed.
The head of the psychological service of Tomsk State University, Azamat Naiman, agreed that such consequences are possible due to the stress associated with the novelty of the disease and the lack of a vaccine, as well as the fear of infecting others or getting sick again.
“The risk of suicide is an extreme condition that consists of many factors. If the disease is aggravated by significant financial losses, a difficult social situation, poor relationships with loved ones, stigmatization, lack of support, concomitant mental disorders, then this threat increases, ”the psychologist explained.