In Hospital Mental Problems of COVID-19 Admitted Patients: a Narrative Review

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of psychology of Exeptional children, Ialamic Azad Univercity

2 General Psychology Faculty, Islamic azad University of semnan, Semnan Branch, City of Semnan, Iran

3 General Psychology Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of General Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


Background and objective: COVID-19 originated from China and quickly spread to several other countries. The objective of this study was to investigate in-hospital mental problems associated with the COVID-19.
Method: This was a narrative review through the literature of the COVID-19.
Results: The spread of COVID-19 raises significant problems for healthcare services especially hospitals that are at the frontline of each epidemic peak of the disease. Whenever number of COVID-19 infected patients increases, the hospitals are in the first place in charge of the fighting against disease. So, patients, their families, people working in the hospitals, are all under the mental pressures of the COVID-19. the worldwide perception of lack of transparency of the official information sources in different countries was causing the worldwide people to suffer an unprecedented outbreak of fear, panic, and anxiety toward COVID-19. The consequence of this issue is mental disorders for all people, COVID-19 hospitalized and quarantined patients. In this review, we evaluated the mental disorders in patients with acute COVID-19 who are hospitalized.
Conclusion: Our findings show that sleep disturbances due to increased levels of anxiety may be a predisposing factor for further mental condition in COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized. On the other hand, major mental problems like schizophrenia were not frequent; but, delirium in the elderly was common and a very poor prognostic factor in COVID-19 mortality.