Scientists from the UK have noticed that 20% of patients who recovered from coronavirus have an increased risk of developing mental disorders. They note that this trend is associated with stress and the physical effects of illness.
Many patients who have undergone coronavirus are at greater risk of developing mental disorders. This was stated by researchers from the University of Oxford – according to their data, about 20% of those infected with coronavirus within 90 days have a high chance of developing one or more types of mental disorders.
Anxiety, depression, and insomnia were most common among coronavirus-recovered patients. Researchers at the University of Oxford also found a significantly higher risk of dementia and brain disease. They call on scientists from around the world to research this addiction in order to take steps to reduce the incidence of mental disorders.
The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, analyzed electronic health records of 69 million people in the United States, among them 62 thousand patients who had had coronavirus. The percentage of mental disorders among the latter was higher, and they developed within three months after recovery.
Within three months after testing positive for coronavirus, one in five subjects had the first signs of anxiety, depression, or insomnia. This was about twice as likely as in other patient groups over the same period.
Mental health professionals who were not involved in the study said the results may indicate that the coronavirus may affect a person’s brain, increasing the risk of developing multiple mental illnesses.
“This is likely due to a combination of stress from the pandemic and the physical effects of the disease,” said Michael Bloomfield, a consulting psychiatrist at University College London.