COVID-19 contributing to mental health concerns for virus survivors

While anxiety and depression rates have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, those who have recovered from the virus may be feeling acute mental health impacts months afterward.

An Oxford University study found that one-third of COVID-19 survivors have been diagnosed with psychological or neurological disorders within a few months of recovery. In comparison to the flu, virus survivors were 44 percent more likely to be diagnosed with these other conditions. Anxiety, mood disorders, and substance use disorders were the most common diagnoses.

“The pandemic has added another burden to so many people’s lives, perhaps for the long haul,” said Rosecrance Central Illinois Executive Director Joey King. “Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions are nothing to be ashamed of. We need to support those around us who may be struggling and encourage them to seek help.”