Study shows COVID-19 increases risks of mental health conditions

girl overlooking Rosecrance gardenIn addition to causing long-term physical impacts, COVID-19 may increase the risk for mental health disorders.

A recent study found that U.S. virus survivors were at least 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety in the months following infection. Plus, people who had COVID-19 were about 40 percent more likely to have stress, adjustment, or sleep disorders.

This research echoes 2021 research that found about one-third of COVID-19 survivors were diagnosed with neurological or psychological conditions within six months of infection.

“The virus will be felt for a long time, and it is likely that anxiety and depression will remain more common in our communities,” said Dr. Tom Wright, Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer. “Because of this, we need to be more aware of individuals who may be struggling and point them to supportive resources when they need it.”

Rosecrance is championing hope with a comprehensive continuum of compassionate, expert behavioral healthcare for youth and adults. Support ranges from inpatient treatment to a variety of outpatient services offered at clinics throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.