One-third of COVID-19 survivors suffer from neurological or psychiatric disorders: study

London — One in three COVID-19 survivors in a study of more than 230,000 predominantly American patients was diagnosed with a brain or psychiatric disorder within 6 months and had a pandemic of psychological and neurological problems. It suggests that it could lead to a wave of illness, scientists said Tuesday.

The researchers who conducted the analysis are not clear how the virus is associated with mental states such as anxiety and depression, but these are the most common diagnoses of the 14 disorders they examined. Said there is.

Researchers said that post-COVID-19 cases of stroke, dementia, and other neuropathy were rare, but were still significant, especially in those with severe COVID-19.

“Although the individual risks of most disabilities are small, the impact on the entire population may be significant,” said Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at Oxford University who co-led the work.

Oxford psychiatrist Max Take, who worked with Harrison, said the study was unable to investigate the biological or psychological mechanisms involved, but “for the purpose of preventing or treating them.” He said urgent research is needed to identify these.

Health professionals are increasingly concerned about evidence that COVID-19 survivors are at increased risk of brain and mental health problems. A previous study by the same researcher found that 20% of COVID-19 survivors were diagnosed with mental illness within 3 months last year.

A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal analyzed the health records of 236,379 COVID-19 patients, primarily from the United States, and 34% were diagnosed with neurological or psychiatric disorders within 6 months. I found.

Scientists suggest that COVID-19 had a specific effect, and this disorder was significantly more significant in COVID-19 patients than in a comparative group of people who recovered from influenza and other respiratory infections during the same period. Said that there were many.

Anxiety (17%) and mood disorders (14%) were the most common and did not appear to be related to how mild or severe the patient’s COVID-19 infection was.

However, of those admitted to the intensive care unit with severe COVID-19, 7% had a stroke within 6 months and almost 2% were diagnosed with dementia.

An independent expert said the findings were worrisome.

“This is a very important treatise. Without prima facie, we have confirmed that COVID-19 has equal effects on both the brain and the psyche,” said Simon, a psychiatrist at King’s College London. Wesley said.

“The impact of COVID-19 on an individual’s mental health can be significant,” said Lee Milligan, Chief Executive Officer of the MQ Mental Health Research Charity. “This contributes to the already rising level of mental illness and requires further urgent research.”

Kate Keland