Treating acute anxiety in patients with COVID-19: Posted april 26, 2020

Elias Khawam, Hassan Khouli, Leo Pozuelo

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Abstract

At present, there are no fi rm guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19-related emotional distress. The current approach is based on our knowledge of how to manage anxiety in medically ill patients, taking into consideration all associated medical comorbidities, drug-drug interactions, and the patient's specifi c needs and preexisting mental illness. Interventions should be implemented at the bedside to augment the patient's own resiliency in coping with these stressful events. A targeted combination of psychopharmacology (targeting acute anxiety and panic symptoms) and psychotherapy (relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and encouragement) is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalCleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Volume87
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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