More than half of patients who receive hospital treatment for Covid-19 later develop a psychiatric disorder, a study reveals.
A total of 402 coronavirus patients at San Raffaele hospital in Milan were assessed as part of a research project to see the virus’s long-term impacts on the brain.
It revealed that one month after leaving the hospital, many people suffered from either post-traumatic stress (PTSD), anxiety, insomnia, or depression.
The survey showed that more than half of the patients – 265 men and 137 women – experienced at least one of these disorders.
‘It was immediately clear that the inflammation caused by the disease could also have repercussions at the psychiatric level,’ said professor Francesco Benedetti, group leader of the Research Unit in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology at San Raffaele, in a statement.
The report was published in the scientific journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.
Based on clinical interviews and self-assessment questionnaires, physicians found PTSD in 28 percent of cases, depression in 31 percent, anxiety in 42 percent of patients and insomnia in 40 percent, and finally obsessive-compulsive symptoms in 20 percent.