These former Covid-19 patients were also more likely to develop dementia, according to the researchers.
SuaraSumsel.id – Corona virus Covid-19 can make someone who is infected develop long-term symptoms. Mental illness and dementia it is also feared that it will become a new problem for them after recovering.
A large study from the University of Oxford in the UK found that survivors were at higher risk of developing mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression.
According to research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry On November 9th, they were also more likely to develop dementia. Thus reported from Health.
The researchers analyzed the electronic health records of 69 million people in the United States, including more than 62,000 who were Covid-19 patients. Researchers found that 20% of those infected with the coronavirus were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders within 90 days. About two times more likely than other patient groups to develop another disease in the same time period.
“People are worried that survivors of Covid-19 will have a greater risk of mental health problems, and our findings … suggest this is possible,” said Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
He urged doctors and scientists around the world to investigate the causes and identify new treatments for post-Covid-19 mental illness. “The (health) service must be ready to provide care, especially since our results tend to underestimate (the number of psychiatric patients),” he said.
However, experts see several potential reasons. First, about traumatic events that cause insomnia, anxiety and depression, said Dr. Seide, based in New York City on Health.
The increasing number of deaths every day could make some Covid-19 patients aware of the fact that death is a very real possibility. “Facing the possibility of not surviving a condition is terrifying,” explains Dr. Seide.
The second reason is inflammation. Scientists are still studying what Covid-19 is, but it seems possible that inflammation is widespread in the body during the disease, including in the brain.
“Things like good memory, a stable mood, and sleep are products of a healthy brain, which may be affected by the inflammatory effects of Covid-19,” added Dr. Seide.
Another reason is the effect of isolation or quarantine. “Humans are social creatures, and being around friends and family is good for our mental (and physical) well-being,” says psychiatrist Julian Lagoy, MD, based in San Jose, California.
“But being in quarantine and isolation has the opposite effect. It can be very detrimental to your mental health,” he added.
The Oxford University study also found that people with a pre-existing mental illness were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 than those without.
Although it has been established that there are several pre-existing conditions that increase the likelihood of Covid-19 infection, such as diabetes, hypertension, respiratory conditions, and obesity, the researchers also found that those with a history of psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia, also increases the risk of infection.