Covid-19 has psychiatric consequences. We already knew it by listening to the feedback on the experiences of psychiatric services overwhelmed during the first confinement. But while living conditions and general psychosis were thought to be the cause, a British study of data from medical records puts forward another hypothesis. ” The analysis – conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford and the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Center – also found that people with a diagnosis of a pre-existing mental disorder were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who did not, even taking into account known risk factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and underlying physical conditions »Unearthed Trust my Science. According to this study, 18% of Covid 19 patients out of the 70 million cases studied declared psychiatric disorders within three months of their infection.
« Paul Harrison, professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, explains that more research is needed to determine whether a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may be directly linked to infection with a coronavirus. General factors that influence physical health were not taken into account in the files analyzed, such as socio-economic history, smoking or drug use. It is also possible that the general stressful environment of the pandemic is playing a role. »Adds the specialized site.
Before concluding that psychiatric disorders stem from infection, we need to know more about the proportion of people who report disorders that had not been followed by a doctor for a while. Because perhaps the epidemic was an opportunity to consult and then to detect disorders that were already present for some.