Social isolation, financial stress, lack of family members and different struggles in the course of the pandemic have contributed to rising psychological well being points like anxiousness and melancholy.
However can having Covid itself enhance the danger of creating psychological well being issues? A large new study suggests it may.
The research, revealed Wednesday within the journal The BMJ, analyzed data of almost 154,000 Covid sufferers within the Veterans Well being Administration system and in contrast their expertise within the yr after they recovered from their preliminary an infection with that of the same group of people that didn’t contract the virus.
The research included solely sufferers who had no psychological well being diagnoses or therapy for at the least two years earlier than turning into contaminated with the coronavirus, permitting researchers to deal with psychiatric diagnoses and therapy that occurred after coronavirus an infection.
Individuals who had Covid had been 39 % extra more likely to be identified with melancholy and 35 % extra more likely to be identified with anxiousness over the months following an infection than folks with out Covid throughout the identical interval, the research discovered. Covid sufferers had been 38 % extra more likely to be identified with stress and adjustment issues and 41 % extra more likely to be identified with sleep issues than uninfected folks.
“There seems to be a transparent extra of psychological well being diagnoses within the months after Covid,” stated Dr. Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry on the College of Oxford, who was not concerned within the research.