A PATIENT has suffered the first recorded case of psychosis triggered by Brexit, doctors say.
The man, in his 40s, had hallucinations, depression and insomnia after the referendum and became obsessed with ranting about Britain’s EU exit on social media.
He said: “His wife reported that since the EU referendum results were declared, he started spending more time putting his thoughts across on social media.
“He found it difficult to reconcile with the political events happening around him. He became increasingly worried about racial incidents. His sleep deteriorated.
“His mental health had deteriorated rapidly following the announcement of the results, with significant concerns about Brexit.
“He presented as agitated, confused and thought disordered. He had auditory hallucinations, and paranoid, referential, misidentification and bizarre delusions.”
The patient was admitted to hospital three weeks after the vote and recovered completely, having been given an anti-psychotic drug.
He later said: “I was looking at the electoral map of voting for the EU. I am in a constituency that reflects an opinion that is not for me.”
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Dr Katshu, in an article published in BMJ Case Reports, warned political events can act as “major psychological stressors”.
He had no history of drug or alcohol abuse but faced pressures in his work and family life.
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