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1 in 5 COVID-19 Patients at Greater Risk of Mental Illness: Study

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Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadihttps://www.khaama.com/
Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
New study finds one in every five COVID-19 patients are at greater risk of developing mental illness. [Photo: Counterpoint Research]

LONDON – New study finds one in every five COVID-19 patients are at greater risk of developing mental illness, showing 20% of those infected are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.

Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems, and the researchers also found significantly higher risks of dementia, a brain impairment condition, as Reuters reported.

“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,” said Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at Britain’s Oxford University.

Doctors and scientists around the world urgently need to investigate the causes and identify new treatments for mental illness after COVID-19, Harrison said, according to report.

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

Meanwhile, the study found people with a pre-existing mental illness were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those without.

Some mental health specialists said its findings add to growing evidence that COVID-19 can affect the brain and mind, increasing the risk of a range of psychiatric illnesses.

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