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Health of life: One-fifth COVID-19 patients have mental illness within 90 days

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US study finds one in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days. Photo: CFP
Health of life: After a large study, they found that 20% in 90% of people infected with the coronavirus were diagnosed with mental illness. Psychiatrists said on Monday that many COVID-19 survivors were very sick. They may suffer from mental illness.

Anxiety, depression, and insomnia were the most common among recovered COVID-19 patients with mental health problems in this study. The researchers also found that the risk of dementia (a brain dysfunction) was significantly higher.

Paul Harrison, professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said:

“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.”

In addition, Harrison said that after COVID-19, doctors and scientists around the world urgently need to investigate the cause and determine new treatments for mental illness.

He added:

“(Health) services need to be ready to provide care, especially since our results are likely to be underestimates (of the number of psychiatric patients).”

The study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. It analyzed the electronic health records of 69 million people in the United States, including more than 62,000 COVID-19 cases.

In the three months after testing positive for COVID-19. One in five survivors has recorded as having the first diagnosis of anxiety, depression or insomnia. Researchers say this is about twice that of other populations during the same period.

The study also found that people with congenital mental illness are 65% more likely to diagnose with COVID-19 than people without mental illness.

Moreover, mental health experts who are directly involve in the study. They said that their findings have added more and more evidence that COVID-19 can affect the brain and mind. It is increasing the risk of a series of mental illnesses.

Michael Bloomfield, a psychiatric consultant at University College London, said:

“This is likely due to a combination of the psychological stressors associated with this particular pandemic and the physical effects of the illness.”

Simon Wessely, a professor of psychiatry at King’s College London. He said that people with mental health disorders are also more likely to get COVID-19. This finding echoes similar findings in previous outbreaks of infectious diseases .

He said:

“COVID-19 affects the central nervous system, and so might directly increase subsequent disorders. But this research confirms that is not the whole story, and that this risk is increased by previous ill health.”

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