According to new research, coronavirus causes mental health problems in patients.
In a large study published Wednesday in the journal The BMJ, St. Louis researchers analyzed 153,848 records from the Veterans Health Administration system.
Included in the study Only those who had not been diagnosed or treated for mental health for at least 2 years prior to infection, the cohort study divided participants into two controls, one who survived the first 30 days of SARS-CoV-2 infection. I did.
Controls included a modern group with no evidence of viral infection and a historic group prior to the pandemic.
Patients with COVID-19 were 39% more likely to have depressive disorder and had a 35% higher risk of developing anxiety disorders over the months following infection.
The group was also 38% more likely to be diagnosed with stress and adjustment disorders and 41% more likely to be diagnosed with sleep disorders.
Patients with COVID-19 were 80% more likely to develop neurocognitive impairment and 34% more likely to develop opioid use disorder.
Over 18% of COVID-19 patients were diagnosed or prescribed for neuropsychiatric problems the following year.
“In the COVID-19 group, a comparison of covid-19 people who were not hospitalized for seasonal flu with those who were not hospitalized for seasonal flu, and those who were hospitalized for covid-19 and those who were hospitalized, was accidental. There was a consistently high risk of mental health problems. I was hospitalized for covid-19 with seasonal flu, but for other reasons, “the author writes.
However, 4.4% to 5.6% of people in this study were diagnosed with depression, anxiety or stress and adjustment disorders.
The average age of the people surveyed was 61, 90% of whom were men.
Research author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, Head of R & D for the VA St. Louis Healthcare System, Clinical Epidemiologist at the University of Washington, I told St. Louis Post Dispatch on Thursday There were enough female participants to draw the same conclusion.
“We need to give them the treatment they need, and this won’t be a much bigger crisis,” he told the publication. “Due to the huge COVID in the United States, the numbers here really represent millions of people.”
Long COVID, or post-COVID conditions, occur more than 4 weeks after the initial infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..
According to authorities, some symptoms include dyspnea, brain fog, joint and muscle pain, sleep problems, mood swings, changes in the menstrual cycle, and changes in smell and taste.
World Health Organization Report The pandemic disrupted or suspended critical mental health services in 93% of the world’s countries, with 72% of adolescent mental health services suspended between June and August 2020.
A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which examined eating disorder-related hospitalizations at the Boston Children’s Hospital, found that the prevalence of such disorders increased rapidly in the age group.
According to GlobalDataEpidemiologists predict that the 12-month diagnosed prevalence of bulimia will increase and are likely to exceed current predicted estimates over the next five years.