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Could COVID-19 infection be responsible for your depressed mood or anxiety? - Harvard Health

A new study confirmed that #COVID19 infection increased the risk of developing psychiatric disorders. #HarvardHealth

5/16/2021 10:00:00 PM

A new study confirmed that COVID19 infection increased the risk of developing psychiatric disorders. HarvardHealth

We are still learning about the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the brain, but we know that the pandemic has resulted in worsening mental health for many people. A new study confirmed that COVID-1...

Does COVID-19 infection increase the risk of psychiatric disorders?Until recently, mental health outcomes as a result of COVID-19 infection were not known. Anew studyof electronic health records of 69 million people found that COVID-19 infection increased the risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, dementia, or insomnia. Furthermore, people with psychiatric disorders were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19, which may be related to behavioral factors, lifestyle factors (such as smoking), inflammation, or psychiatric medication. This is the first large study to show that infection with COVID-19 indeed increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders.

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The long-term mental health effects of COVID-19 infection remain to be seen. Following the influenza pandemic of 1918­–19, offspring of mothers infected during pregnancy were found to havehigher ratesof schizophrenia. It is thought that virus infection during pregnancy may be one risk factor for the development of mental illness related to the body’s immune response. If COVID-19 infection even slightly increases the risk of mental illness in offspring, this could have a large effect at the population level, given the high numbers of infections worldwide.

Do you have a psychiatric disorder as a result of COVID-19?You may feel fatigued, stressed, or sad due to the effects of COVID-19 on your body, or due to life circumstances. However, even if you screen positive for depression or anxiety at your doctor’s visit, remember that screening tools are not diagnostic. People with physical symptoms of COVID-19 infection often screen positive for depression, as symptoms of infection often overlap with symptoms of depression. For example, poor sleep, impaired concentration, and reduced appetite may be due to a medical illness rather than depression.

For a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis, you may need to wait a period of time to monitor symptom development. Although antidepressants are often prescribed for mood and anxiety disorders, keep in mind that mild to moderate symptoms often go away on their own when life circumstances improve. If this is your first episode of depression or your first experience of anxiety, you may not require specialist treatment if your symptoms are mild. If you do start a medication, make sure to regularly review your treatment with your doctor and make changes as needed.

What steps can you take to minimize the mental health consequences of COVID-19 infection?Get vaccinated.This is especially important for people with psychiatric disorders, which are independent risk factors for COVID-19 infection.Continue to wear a mask and physically distance.

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🤔 Idhu veraya Any serious disease which could cause a patient to die can cause psychiatric disorders. So covid19 one’s are any different Or they are different from one’s that are related to serious illness? Have they made the connection with COVID19 precisely or any possible life threatening disease? Could it be PTSD related?

common sense....Scaring is always from the Devil....the whispering of the Shayateen.. Live and let live amicably and positively. In one Almighty God, we all Trust!☝️⚖️🤲🙏 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ —JESUS

I’m surprised this conclusion was established in only a year.