Covid 'raises new psychiatric disorders risk'
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One in every 17 people who have had Covid-19 could be diagnosed with anxiety, depression or insomnia for the first time, a study of millions of US patient health records suggests.

Unexpectedly, they also found existing psychiatric patients were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19. This could be linked to their physical health or drugs prescribed to treat disorders, the researchers speculated.

According to the study published in The Lancet Psychiatry, the researchers tracked 62,000 people with Covid for three months after diagnosis and compared them with thousands of people with other conditions, such as flu, kidney stones and broken bones. The proportions diagnosed with a psychiatric illness were:

~ 18% of those with Covid
~ 13% of those with flu
~ 12.7% of those with a fracture

Excluding those who had previously been diagnosed with a disorder and relapsed, they were:

~ 5.8% of those with Covid
~ 2.8% of those with flu
~ 2.5% of those with a fracture

The most common diagnosis was anxiety, which included:

~ adjustment disorder
~ generalised anxiety disorder
~ post-traumatic stress disorder
~ Mood disorders were slightly less common.

Dr Michael Bloomfield, from University College London, said the link was probably due to "a combination of the psychological stressors associated with this particular pandemic and the physical effects of the illness".

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