COVID19 and Illness Anxiety Disorder

A 38 year old male client presenting at outdoor patient department as symptoms of difficulty in breathing, uneven running heart beats, heaviness in head, trembling of body, fear that something will happen to him and he will die suddenly. With the scenario of COVID-19 pandemic, this case reports evaluates the psychiatric differential diagnosis of these symptoms. Illness Anxiety Disorder (IAD) being 4 to 6% in general population is a psychiatric illness in which a person is preoccupied of being seriously ill. IAD needs to be ruled out if clinical examination and investigations are normal. This will not only reduce the cost of treatment but also will be an in time psychiatric management of symptoms.


Jyotik T Bhachech*

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