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Study: 1/3 People Who Survived Covid-19 Has Mental Health Problems After 6 Months

One of the largest studies to date on the effects of COVID-19 revealed: About 1 in 3 people who survive the disease will develop mental health problem

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

/ by Ella Rose
The study - published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry - looked at the health records of more than 230,000 patients who recovered from COVID-19 and found that about 34 percent had nervous or health problems. mentally healthy within six months.

According to the authors of the study, this proves that COVID-19 patients are more likely to develop brain-related diseases than those with other respiratory infections such as colds and tonsillitis or laryngitis.

Among the conditions followed, the most common were anxiety (17%) and mood disorders (14%), followed by other illnesses. In particular, 13% of the participants reported that these were their first diagnoses of a mental health problem.

When it comes to neurological disorders such as cerebral hemorrhage, dementia, and stroke, the number of cases is generally lower than that of mental disorders. However, research shows that patients who have previously had a severe COVID-19 infection are still at an increased risk of such problems.

The study also examined the records of more than 100,000 patients with the flu and more than 236,000 patients with other respiratory infections, to compare those with COVID-19.

In comparison, people with COVID-19 were 44% more likely to experience mental or mental health problems than patients with the flu and 16% more likely to develop respiratory infections other steaming.

For patients with severe COVID-19 infection, the risk of developing neurological and psychiatric disorders is significantly higher.

Research shows that 46% of COVID-19 patients requiring special care developed such disorders over a period of six months. For example, 2.7% of people admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) suffer from bleeding in the brain. Meanwhile, only 0.3% of patients who do not need special care experience this condition.

In addition, nearly 7% of COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU had a stroke, but only 1.3% of patients who did not need an ICU had a stroke.

The problem is worth noting

These findings are strong evidence that COVID-19 affects not only the physical body, but also the mental health. Even when the likelihood of developing neurological or psychiatric disorders is relatively small at the individual level, the prevention of these effects on a global scale is of particular concern.

"Many disorders are observed to be chronic, so the healthcare systems need to be resourced to meet the needs, " said Paul Harrison, lead author of the study from Oxford University. expected".

Commenting on this study, Dr. Jonathan Rogers from University College London expressed that there is now a need to further study the long-term effects of COVID-19 on mental and brain health, considering that the correlation The direct visualization between the virus and its effect on the brain is not fully understood. "It is predictable that the effect of COVID-19 will persist in the long term," said Mr. Rogers.

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