Depression, Mania, and Mood Syndromes
A 34-year-old Hispanic woman was admitted to the hospital with altered mental status and fever. The patient had been suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus for a number of years, with several small strokes that left her partially paralyzed on the left side. A urinary tract infection was diagnosed, and she was treated with antibiotics and steroids with good results until she aspirated, developed pneumonia, and became comatose. After an intensive care unit stay of several weeks, she emerged from her coma. She was noted to have frequent crying spells. A psychiatric consultation was requested.
KeywordsMood Stabilizer Depressive Syndrome Manic Syndrome Bipolar Illness Interpersonal Psychotherapy
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