- The illnesses include anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
- Serious psychotic disorders were not as common.
- The researchers looked at data from 69 million people. Only 62,354 of those patients had COVID-19.
- The researchers wanted to see if COVID-19 patients were more or less likely to suffer from mental health complications.
The study found those who had COVID-19 were at great risk for post-illness of anxiety, insomnia and dementia compared those who suffered from the flu or other respiratory illnesses, according to The Hill.
- “Survivors of COVID-19 appear to be at increased risk of psychiatric sequelae, and a psychiatric diagnosis might be an independent risk factor for COVID-19,” the authors wrote, according to The Hill.
Mental health issues on the rise:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently surveyed 10,000 Americans about mental health during the pandemic.
- The study found depression and anxiety rose sharply between March and June.
- Young people were hit hard, too. About 11% of all respondents said they had “seriously considered suicide” during the early days of the pandemic. That number was nearly double (about 1 in 4) for teens, according to NPR.
- In September, experts expressed worry about a potential rise in teen anxiety and depression due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, as I wrote about for Deseret News.