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15 Mar 2022

Study: Severe Cases of COVID-19 can lead to Chronic Mental Health Impairment

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A new study has found that more severe cases of COVID-19 can have a potentially lasting adverse impact on mental health.

According to The National, research revealed that those who stayed in bed for over a week with COVID-19 exhibited a higher likelihood of developing depression and anxiety, than patients who were never confined to their beds. People with acute COVID-19 also tend to experience inflammation which has been associated with long-standing mental health issues, especially depression.

The study observed that individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 had a higher chance of experiencing depression and inadequate sleep patterns compared to those who never tested positive for the coronavirus.

University of Iceland’s Professor Unnur Anna Valdimarsdottir who authored the study said, “Our research is among the first to explore mental health symptoms after a serious COVID-19 illness in the general population up to 16 months after diagnosis.”

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