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It’s totally wrong to turn Covid-19 into a ‘mental health crisis’

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A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry has found that almost 20 per cent of Covid survivors are suffering from psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression or insomnia within three months of testing positive for the virus.

The study suggests that the risk of suffering from mental illness after Covid is double that from other illnesses.

Like all studies surrounding Covid, this one, conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, provides far more questions than answers. Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, observed that more research was required to establish if indeed a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder could be directly linked to contracting coronavirus.

Speculating about the possible causes of such high levels of mental illness, Harrison asserted that “it’s not at all implausible that Covid-19 might have some direct effect on your brain and your mental health”. Some of the researchers raised the possibility that the high rate of mental illness among Covid survivors might be due to the drugs prescribed to treat their physical condition.

At present, what we have are educated guesses about the causes of a supposed epidemic of psychiatric disorder among survivors of........

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