Many survivors of COVID-19 are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists concluded after a major study showed that 20% of those infected with coronavirus are diagnosed with a mental disorder within 90 days.
Anxiety, depression and insomnia were the most common disorders among recovering patients with COVID-19. Researchers from the British University of Oxford also found significantly higher risk of dementia, a condition associated with brain damage.
“People are concerned that those with COVID-19 will be at greater risk of mental health problems, and our results show that this is possible,” said Paul Harrison, Professor of Psychiatry at Oxford.
According to Harrison, doctors and scientists around the world need to urgently investigate the causes and identify new treatments for mental illness after COVID-19.
The results have been published in The Lancet Psychiatry.