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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021. 7:00 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias:A study of more than 230,000 patients says one-third of them were diagnosed with some sort of mental or neurological disorder within six months of surviving COVID-19, reports USA Today.

The study published Tuesday by the Lancet Psychiatry journal said the electronic health records of 236,379 COVID-19 patients, mostly American, were studied and found that 34% had been diagnosed with a brain or mental problem after suffering from the disease.

The study looked at 14 mental and neurological disorders and concluded that 13% of the people studied were found to have their first recorded neurological or psychiatric diagnosis after suffering from the coronavirus. Mental health diagnoses were top of the list with 17% of the patients diagnosed with anxiety and 14% diagnosed with a mood disorder.

Neurological diagnoses were less common in patients who had been severely affected by COVID-19. The study found that 7% of patients who had undergone intensive care had a stroke and 2% were diagnosed with dementia.

The fear is that COVID-19 can have severe long consequences not only for those who have been sick but also for the rest of the population since higher rates of depression and anxiety have been diagnosed across the board regardless if people have suffered from COVID-19 or not.

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