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A research published on The Lancet psychiatry journal revealed that one in three COVID-19 survivors suffer from neurological and psychiatric disorder within six months of recovery.
The study analyzed the records of over 230,000 patients, mostly American, and showed that 34 percent were diagnosed with brain conditions.
The research also revealed that brain disorders were more common after COVID-19 than other respiratory diseases.
Among 14 disorders studied, the most common was anxiety which is diagnosed in 17 percent of the patients, as well as mood disorders which is diagnosed in 14 percent of the study population.
Neurological disorders were rarer but are significant among those who suffered from severe COVID-19. Stroke and dementia, for instance, were diagnosed among 2.1 percent and 0.7 percent of the patients respectively.
“The study cannot reveal the mechanisms involved, but does point to the need for urgent research to identify these, with a view to preventing or treating them,” said Oxford University psychiatrist Max Taquet who co-led the study.