Neurosis of depression and fear – these are the mental problems observed in every third person suffering from COVID-19. Scientists do not know the cause, but insist on the alarming phenomenon to be investigated, writes “Deutsche Welle”.
One in three patients who have undergone COVID-19 develop brain or mental damage over the next six months, according to a study of more than 230,000 people, mostly Americans. The authors of the study believe that the plague will lead to a wave of mental and neurological problems (read the entire study here – Editor’s note).
The phenomenon needs to be studied
“For individual patients, the risk of such late effects is minimal, but the damage to the general population can be severe,” said Paul Harris, a professor of psychiatry at Oxford and team director. His colleague Max Take, also a psychiatrist at Oxford, said researchers have so far failed to understand the biological and psychological mechanisms of these late-onset symptoms. He urges an urgent investment in the study of the phenomenon in order to prevent or treat medical problems.
Many health professionals are increasingly concerned about the risks in the brain or mental illness as a result of COVID. As you may recall, a study conducted by the same team of scientists last year has already reached similar conclusions: then 20% of COVID-19 survivors within three months were diagnosed with a mental disorder.
The new data, published in the famed Lancet Psychiatry Journal, are based on the health records of 236,379 patients with COVID-19, mostly in the United States. In 34 percent of cases, neurological or mental defects were diagnosed within six months after undergoing COVID. This percentage is much higher compared to the control group of people who had the flu or similar respiratory diseases at that time. Therefore, scientists believe COVID-19 has some specific effects on the human brain and human psyche.
The data is very worrying
The most common patients were fear neuroses (17 percent) and emotional disorders (14 percent), and these two disorders did not appear to depend on whether the patient experienced COVID-19 severely or mildly. But among corona virus patients admitted to the intensive care unit, up to 7 percent had a stroke within six months, and two percent were diagnosed with dementia. Independent experts say that these figures are of great concern. “This study is very important. It confirms beyond a reasonable doubt that COVID-19 affects the human mind and psyche equally,” said Simon Wesley, head of the prestigious Faculty of Psychiatry at King’s College London.
“The effects of COVID-19 on a patient’s mental health can be severe,” said Lee Milligan, CEO of the charity MQ. “They contribute to a growing number of mental illnesses and need to be investigated urgently.”