The most common diagnoses were anxiety and mood disorders. A little more than a third were diagnosed with a neurological or mental health condition within six months of infection. Madhukar Trivedi, M.D., Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center said there could be two major reasons why.
A new study out this week suggests that a large number of COVID-19 survivors are struggling with mental health issues as well. “I can’t recall something that someone told me last week and they have to keep reminding me. I didn’t have those issues before COVID! I didn’t have them,” said Fields.
British researchers looked at the health records from more than 230,000 COVID-19 patients, mainly in the U.S. On Thursday, 10 months after her initial interview, she told us, she’s still dealing with neurological issues, like confusion, brain fog and memory loss.
The mental health pandemic is just beginning,” said Trivedi. He said anyone who feels signs of a mental health or neurological disorder shouldn’t ignore the symptoms and talk to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member or a medical professional. “That part of research is still beginning to be understood and we are doing some of that work now. We will find out in the next six months to a year,” said Trivedi.
So can changes in the brain, that might be happening because of inflammation caused by the infection. The fear and uncertainty of a new COVID-19 diagnosis could trigger a disorder.
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