Covid patients at increased risk of psychiatric conditions after two years: Lancet study

Updated: Aug 17 2022 5:42PM

London, Aug 18 (PTI) Increased risk of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as dementia and seizures is still higher two years after COVID-19 compared to other respiratory infections, suggests an observational study of over 1.25 million patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

The increased risk of depression and anxiety in adults lasts less than two months before returning to rates comparable to those after other respiratory infections. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been growing evidence that survivors might be at increased risk of neurological and psychiatric conditions.

A previous observational study by the same research group reported that COVID-19 survivors are at increased risk of several neurological and mental health conditions in the first six months after infection.