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Study Suggests COVID-19 Survivors May Have Greater Need for Telepsychiatry

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A recent study suggests that mental health issues may be one of the many long-term consequences that survivors of COVID-19 will need help with. If you or a loved one are recovering from coronavirus, telepsychiatry could improve your overall health and wellbeing. While COVID-19 is still a relatively new phenomenon, researchers are concerned that patients may experience mental health symptoms weeks, months, and even years after they recover. This is based in part on previous experience with outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). More than 30% of SARS and MERS survivors experienced PTSD within 3 years after their acute illness, while 15% experienced depression within 2 years, and 15% experienced anxiety within 1 year. The findings were published in The Lancet Psychiatry and based on an analysis of 72 studies of COVID-19, SARS, and MERS in multiple countries worldwide. The researchers caution that the estimates may be tentative but still give cause for concern. That’s especially true in light of the fact that COVID-19 has had far more impact on the global economy and society compared to SARS and MERS. The pandemic has already caused a great deal of increased stress even for people who have not been infected. Proper diagnosis and treatment can improve recovery for survivors of COVID-19. Talk with your doctor, so they can monitor your symptoms for any signs of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Adopt lifestyle habits that promote wellbeing. That includes sleeping well, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and spending time with family and friends. Most importantly, reach out if you’re concerned about your health or the health of a loved one. Help is available. Contact us at Connections Wellness Group to learn more about our telepsychiatry, therapy, and counseling services. Our inclusive practice is designed to connect you back to you.