Consequences of the Lockdown in Patients with Schizophrenia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Joana Lopes - Corresponding Author

Joana Lopes [joana.lopes@hvfx.min-saude.pt]
Estrada Carlos Lima Costa Nº2, Povos, 2600-009 Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal

Inês Silva
Vera Reynaud da Silva

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: COVID-19 pandemic and the public health measures adopted to restrain its spread can cause or accentuate symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially in vulnerable populations, like schizophrenia patients.
METHODS: The current study evaluated the impact of the lockdown measures applied in March and April 2020 in Portugal, in a group of 40 ambulatory patients with schizophrenia from Hospital Vila Franca de Xira.
RESULTS: In this group of patients, 65% respected the lockdown measures, 32.5% had higher anxiety levels, 97.5% maintained their medication and 15% raised the dosage. Alcohol doses were higher in 42.8% of regular drinkers and tobacco doses were higher in 30.7% of smokers but there was no raise in cannabis use. A percentage of 10% of patients had urgent psychiatric consultations and 15% of patients felt the need for psychological support.
CONCLUSION: There was no significant loss of adhesion to medication and most patients complied with lockdown measures.

Keywords: COVID-19; Pandemics; Schizophrenia

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Lopes J, Silva I, Reynaud da Silva V. Consequences of the Lockdown in Patients with Schizophrenia During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Gaz Med [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 27 [cited 2021 Dec. 3];8(3). Available from: https://www.gazetamedica.pt/index.php/gazeta/article/view/430
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