Covid-19 Survivors Are At Risk Of Psychiatric DisordersA new study done by Mazza et al., 2020 published in thejournal of Brain, Behaviour and Immunitysuggest that more than half of patients who recovered from Covid-19, the virus SARS-CoV-2 were found to be suffering from psychiatric diseases months later.
Mazza et al. selected 402 male adults who have recovered from Covid-19 from San Raffaele hospital in Milan and followed them a month later. The psychiatric state was determined using self-reported questionnaires to detect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, insomnia, and obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptomatology. Other data collected through the survey included sociodemographic information and clinical information such as baseline inflammatory markers and oxygen saturation levels.
The study found that 28% of patients were suffering from PTSD, 31% with depression, 42% with anxiety, 40% with insomnia and 20% with OC symptoms. Overall, out of these 402 patients, 56% suffered from psychiatric diseases a month later after recovering from Covid-19. The relationship with psychiatric diseases and the virus is confusing as these psychiatric diseases are commonly associated as a side effect for people living with disability diseases.
However, the researchers acknowledge that Covid-19 patients have been severely isolated in hospitals this should be a major factor as to why these patients are developing psychiatric diseases“Considering the worse severity of Covid-19 in hospitalised patients, this observation suggests that less healthcare support could have increased the social isolation and loneliness typical of Covid-19 pandemics.”