Mental disorders in influenza.
Based on the literature and personal observations during epidemics, the nonpsychotic psychopathological syndromes encountered during the prodromal and febrile periods of influenza, and convalescence were studied. The role of the sympathetic nervous system in these syndromes is stressed. In cases of protracted convalescence with depressive or pseudoneurasthenic disturbances, small doses of ACTH or prednizolon are recommended. Also reported on are 78 cases (16-72 yr. old Ss) of influenza psychoses with prevailing syndromes of an amentive and affective (manic and depressive) nature. Short-term insulin therapy is beneficial in the treatment of influenza psychoses. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)