WLWT: COVID-19 and long-term mental health symptoms

UC psychiatrist weighs in on new study that ties COVID-19 with long-term mental health issues

A new study, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, shows many people infected with COVID-19 have long-term mental health symptoms.

Researchers are finding about one in three COVID-19 survivors had neurological or psychological issues long after getting sick. The study involved the medical records of more than 200,000 COVID-19 patients.

Henry Nasrallah, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the UC College of Medicine, calls the findings unsurprising because many viruses do cause an inflammatory response to the brain, which can trigger things like depression, anxiety or PTSD.

He said out of the total number of patients that developed a brain disorder, 20% already had one before, while the other 13% did not.

Watch the full WLWT-TV, Channel 5 report.

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