A study promoted by the University of Oxford and recently published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry suggests that the risk of developing certain neurological and psychiatric illnesses, such as psychotic disorders, dementia, brain fog or epilepsy, is higher in people who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection even two years after infection., However, the research was done on the basis of case analysis. 1,284,437 patients Those who were suffering from Kovid-19 concluded that No more likely than people with other respiratory infections to experience anxiety or depression within two months of diagnosis, “We are facing a very complete, and at the same time complex, study, which confirms what we have been seeing for some time. In fact, the risk of the manifestation of certain neurological and psychiatric diseases has passed after the coronavirus has passed. The latter may increase, ”says the doctor. Nelson Naranjo, Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria . specialist in psychiatry,
but, Have doctors at the capital’s health center notice an increase in anxiety and depression among people infected with the virus? According to Dr. Naranjo, yes. “The clinical practice of psychiatrists in general is fairly consistent with studies, but other striking cases, such as manic episodes, are added to it,” the expert says. The effects resulting from the health crisis have also contributed to triggering anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder—OCD symptoms.,
Victims no more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression after two months
Many questions remain to be answered regarding the pathogen’s own effects on people’s health and how long the consequences can last. With this in mind, and to reduce those directly affecting mental health, the professional highlights the need for Increase the resources of the health system, “We don’t know whether the worst is over, but regardless, it’s clear we need more tools, especially in primary care.” target? To be able to respond quickly to common mental disorders.
with the aim of carrying out a initial approach, Psychiatrists recall the need to go to specialist consultation in the event of any symptoms that may indicate the presence of a disorder. “At many moments in our lives, situations arise that overwhelm us, but when what happens affects us at a family, social or work level, or limits us in some way, we should seek help. ,” they warn.
In this sense, the reference complex in the southern region of Gran Canaria highlights the specialist The dangers of self-medication. « The abusive use of benzodiazepines and hypnotics is a big problem we have in the Canary Islands and we are trying to tackle it. It should be clear to the population that it is always necessary to consult a doctor, because at times we can get into a huge struggle to try to find quick solutions to problems,” says the health worker.
And that these drugs can have negative effects on long-term health. ,Benzodiazepines, for example, produce addiction and tolerance., so on many occasions people have to increase the dosage progressively to achieve the same effect initially. In practice, we have come across very serious cases in which it seems that there is no limit to the patients”, says Nelson Naranjo.
a complex analysis
study promoted by University of Oxford It is the first to combine a set of factors that allow the risks to be compared and evaluated up to two years after infection, after analyzing a comprehensive list of neurological and psychiatric outcomes. “The ever-increasing risk of post-COVID cognitive deficits, dementia, psychotic disorders and epilepsy or seizures two years after index transition, requires research to better understand service delivery and mechanisms for the diagnosis and management of these sequelae. demands,” warn the researchers. , , ym