Severe psychiatric disorders during trips to the Far East

M. L. Alkan, H. Hermesh, B. Atzmon, G. Peri, E. Schwartz

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8 cases of acute mental disorders among Israelis travelling in the Far East are presented. The most common symptoms were hallucinations, paranoid delusions, agitation and depression. The important precipitating factors were drug abuse, reaction to the foreign environment and malarial prophylaxis. Treatment included creating a nonhostile environment, the presence of a Hebrew-speaking physician, psychopharmacotherapy and prompt evacuation to Israel. Most patients improved markedly and returned to normal functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-942, 1002
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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