Half of COVID survivors fight depression
TUESDAY, March 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) – To the lasting damage of COVID-19 infection, add this side effect: A new study shows that COVID-19 has been reported by more than half of patients depression.
Of the more than 3,900 people surveyed for COVID-19 between May 2020 and January 2021, 52% had symptoms great depression, the researchers found.
“People who have been sick with COVID-19 may experience symptoms of depression in the months following the initial illness,” said lead researcher Roy Perlis. He is a teacher psychiatry Associate Head of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
“This observation reinforces the importance of understanding COVID-19 itself or simply its effect stress dealing with the pandemic and an acute illness, ”Perlis added.
The researchers also found that those with depression were young, male, and had severe COVID-19.
Previous research has found a link between depression and loss of smell and taste among COVID-19 patients, but Perlis and colleagues have not found such a relationship.
Rather they found the link headaches COVID-19 and increased risk of depression. However, people with depression are more likely to say they have headaches when they were sick, the study authors noted.
The investigation could not prove the cause and effect. Those who said they were suffering from depression were more likely to have symptoms before having COVID-19 or to be slower to cure depression after being sick or at risk of first having COVID-19, the researchers stressed.
“Depression is a very treatable disease. Because depression rates are so high today, it’s especially important for people to be able to get care,” Perlis said.
“In the same way that our government and public health leaders are working to encourage people to seek vaccination, if they have symptoms of depression, we need to take care of it.”