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What Research Is Telling Us About the Psychological Effects of COVID-19

A new study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry on COVID-19 survivors suggests that one third of patients experience psychiatric or neurological disorders. The study, conducted on 236,379 survivors, revealed that 34% of patients received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months, 13% said it was the first neurological or psychiatric diagnosis. The most common disorders are anxiety, 17% and mood disorders, 14%.

Researchers note that 46% of patients who needed to be hospitalized and required intensive care were at higher risk of developing long-term psychiatric or neurological disorders, more data shows that 7% of hospitalized patients had a stroke and almost 2% developed a form of dementia.

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