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 chance of creating psychological well being issues? A big new examine suggests it could actually.
The examine, revealed Wednesday within the journal The BMJ, analyzed information of almost 154,000 Covid sufferers within the Veterans Well being Administration system and in contrast their expertise within the 12 months after they recovered from their preliminary an infection with that of an identical group of people that didn’t contract the virus.
The examine included solely sufferers who had no psychological well being diagnoses or therapy for no less than two years earlier than turning into contaminated with the coronavirus, permitting researchers to concentrate on psychiatric diagnoses and therapy that occurred after coronavirus an infection.
Individuals who had Covid had been 39 % extra more likely to be recognized with melancholy and 35 % extra more likely to be recognized with anxiousness over the months following an infection than individuals with out Covid throughout the identical interval, the examine discovered. Covid sufferers had been 38 % extra more likely to be recognized with stress and adjustment problems and 41 % extra more likely to be recognized with sleep problems than uninfected individuals.
“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 examine.