According to a new study by Oxford University, it was revealed that a psychiatric disease was diagnosed in one fifth of the cases diagnosed with coronavirus. As you know, a new research is published about the virus every day. Oxford University researchers, who signed one of them, say the coronavirus has a negative impact on mental health.
Coronavirus is effective on mental health
The study, which scrutinizes its cases in the USA, focuses on positive COVID-19 cases. According to the study, it was concluded that within three months after being positive, one in five people had a diagnosis of a psychiatric disease.
The study, led by Oxford University researchers, suggests that patients with recovered coronavirus suffer twice as much from anxiety, depression, or insomnia compared to patients with other illnesses. “Survivors of COVID-19 are concerned that they will be at greater risk of mental health problems,” said Paul Harrison, lead author of the new study. “Our findings from a large and detailed study show that this is likely.”
The research focused on about 62 thousand positive cases. As far as they were followed, 18.1 percent of these patients were faced with a diagnosis of psychiatric disease in the 90-day period after these patients were positive. The diagnosed disorders are recorded as anxiety disorders, insomnia and dementia.
Obviously, tackling any illness already causes mental health issues, but the purpose of this research was to understand whether COVID-19 specifically aggravates these psychiatric disorders in comparison to a person’s other health problems. The results confirm that compared to various other medical events, COVID-19 patients are at a rather high risk of suffering from mental health problems.
Among the suggestions of the researchers, it is to provide psychological support for people who are infected with the virus in the future. Harrison says the new study can primarily be interpreted as a call to action for healthcare professionals around the world.