Scurvy and psychiatric symptoms

Perspect Psychiatr Care. Jan-Mar 1993;29(1):18-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.1993.tb00397.x.


Scurvy is not just a disease of the past, but of the present as well. Yet, the possibility of scurvy is often overlooked in assessing a client's mental health status. Prompt recognition and treatment of scurvy can prevent unnecessary diagnostic testing, as well as a delay in treatment. The author presents a case history of a 55-year-old man with scurvy, delusions, and depression. The client's history, course of illness, treatment, and plan of care are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy
  • Scurvy / psychology*
  • Scurvy / therapy