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COVID-19 Patients At Greater Risk Of Developing Mental Illness

A recent research found that after treatment, individuals who were sick with COVID-19 had a substantial risk of having a psychiatric condition.

18 percent of COVID-19 patients experienced a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or dementia, within 3 months of diagnosis, according to the study. Compared to individuals who had no COVID-19, their risk was doubled.

Doctors believed that higher rates of mental health issues were correlated with COVID-19.

A new study also found that anxiety, insomnia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder are generally encountered by people diagnosed with COVID-19.

While researchers are still working to understand exactly how the new coronavirus affects not only the role of the mind but also of the brain, this new study helps to further develop the link.

COVID-19 patients’ risk is doubled

For the first time in 90 days, almost 6 percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 developed a psychological illness, compared to only 3.4 percent of patients who did not have COVID-19.

In other words, for the very first time, people who developed COVID-19 had a two-fold greater chance of developing a mood or anxiety disorder.

There was also a two to three times greater chance of developing dementia in older adults with COVID-19.

The researchers found that developing a mental illness was related to a 65 percent greater chance of getting the disease in the year before testing positive for COVID-19.


How it affects the mind

Stress and anxiety can be triggered by merely being diagnosed with a novel, potentially life-threatening illness.

Many who test positive must therefore separate themselves, which may lead to depression and anxiety. Patients will usually lean on loved ones as they recover.

For those that experience mild to extreme symptoms, fighting the disease itself may also be exhausting.

Many patients with COVID-19, now known as long-haulers," experience symptoms that last for months and interfere with their everyday lives.


How it affects the brain

Scientists now recognize that COVID-19 is a disease that can reach multiple vital organs, including the brain, rather than just a respiratory disease.

Numerous studies indicate that neurological problems are also encountered by COVID-19 patients. Confusion, dizziness, delirium, and other cognitive impairments, for instance.

Scientists are still trying to understand how the novel coronavirus interacts with the central nervous system, but they believe that the new coronavirus will damage the blood supply of the brain and contribute to brain tissue swelling.


Seek treatment and take care of your health

It's critical to listen to the advice of your doctor and prioritize your physical health if you develop COVID-19: maintain a balanced diet, adhere to a regular sleep schedule, and remain physically active when possible.

Try methods of relaxation, such as deep breathing, mindful meditation, and calming the muscles. It's important to bear in mind that it can last weeks, even months, to recover.

A better awareness of the course of recovery can reduce one's anxiety and contribute to improved mental health.


To Sum It Up

New research indicates that after recovering, individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 may have a greater chance of developing an anxiety or mood disorder.

Scientists are still figuring out how the new coronavirus affects the brain and the central nervous system, but they suspect that the infection can impede the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and cause brain swelling in certain instances.

In addition, it is stressful to be hospitalized in and of itself: the novel illness is potentially life-threatening, and those who get ill are asked to separate themselves from loved ones. Symptoms may also linger for months, affecting and functioning the daily lives of people, and placing them at risk for mental health problems.

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