DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Researchers at Oxford University found in a study of over 230,000 patients, mainly Americans, that one-third of COVID-19 survivors faced psychiatric or brain disorder diagnoses within six months.
The new study began as an effort to show how the pandemic can lead to spikes in neurological and mental health problems.
“Society really labeled a person with COVID at times with a certain stigmata, and we’ve shunned them. It’s been to the detrimental. Particularly in patients who need that social acceptance,” said Dr. Patrick Lytle of Kettering Health Network.
Health issues post-COVID, like dementia and stroke, prove to be rarer than anxiety and depression, but were said to still be a factor in people who had severe forms of the virus.
While a clear connection between the virus and mental health issues like anxiety and depression hasn’t been made, researchers say these conditions were most common in patients recovering from COVID-19. Amanda Weinstein had COVID-19 in December, and says it caused her distress.
“Mental health is an issue just like if you get the flu or get covid. So, we really need to reduce the stigma that says oh there’s something shameful about going and seeking help,” said Weinstein.