(ORDO NEWS) — American scientists working at St. Louis University conducted a new study in which they found that people who have had coronavirus are more likely to experience depression. In addition, they may have numerous problems with sleep, as well as develop a variety of bad habits.
Similar conclusions were made after scientists analyzed the data of 150,000 veterans of the armed forces. Most of them were men, whose age exceeded the mark of 60 years. All of them were ill with coronavirus in January 2021. Throughout the year, the participants in the experiment were closely monitored.
The figures were then compared with data belonging to 5.6 million veterans who have not experienced the coronavirus.
The results showed that the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increased as a result of the disease. It was also noticed that suicidal thoughts began to bother more often, panic attacks appeared.
When compared with the “coronavirus” test group of participants, 15 depressive conditions were recorded per 1000 people, 24 cases of various kinds of sleep problems. 46% more likely to have thoughts of committing suicide.
In addition, experts noted that after the coronavirus, the number of cases when people began to abuse alcohol or even take drugs increased. The peculiarity is that this was observed in those participants in the study who had been ill in a severe form.
Previously, studies have also been repeatedly conducted that have shown that due to a severely transferred coronavirus, blood flow to the brain decreases, neurons are damaged.
Scientists suggest that this is what can provoke the development of depression in veterans who are faced with a dangerous disease.
It is also possible that leaving the workplace, isolation from relatives and the lack of opportunities to play sports can play an important role. It is worth paying attention to the fact that even if the coronavirus proceeded in a moderate form, the risk of mental disorders still increased by at least 40%.
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