Study shows that 20% of COVID-19 survivors are developing ‘mental illnesses’ within 90 days
Researchers also found a considerably greater possibility of dementia, a brain impairment disorder, in them.
According to a recent study, psychiatrists have revealed that COVID-19 survivors are at a high risk of developing mental illnesses. The research shows that 20% of the recovered patients were diagnosed with a psychiatric disease within 90 days.
The most common psychiatric disorders suffered by the volunteering patients in the study were insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Researchers also found a considerably greater possibility of dementia, a brain impairment disorder, in them.
Paul Harrison, a lecturer of Psychiatry at Britain’s Oxford University, stated that “People have been worried that COVID-19 survivors will be at greater risk of mental health problems, and our findings … show this to be likely,”
Scientists and doctors need to work together to carefully examine the causes and detect new treatments for the mental disorders arising from COVID-19, Harrison mentioned.
He further added, “Health services need to be ready to provide care, especially since our results are likely to be underestimated (of the number of psychiatric patients),”
Within the first three months, after testing positive for COVID-19, 1 out of 5 survivors was diagnosed with insomnia, depression, and anxiety. The likelihood of COVID-19 recovered patients testing positive for one of these mental disorders was twice as high as other patients in a similar period.
The study also suggests that individuals with a pre-existing mental condition were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those without it. The study has also verified that COVID-19 can impact the brain, increasing the odds of developing a psychiatric illness.
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