COVID-19 patients experiencing psychosis months after recovery

Mental health complications linked to COVID-19
Mental health complications linked to COVID-19

While the extent of post-COVID side effects aren’t yet entirely understood, another alarming trend has come up. About 20-25% of patients are getting a psychosis diagnosis months after recovery.

In previous reports, we’ve heard that the lungs, heart, kidneys can possibly experience long-term side effects.

“Why it’s affecting everything we don’t know that, of course,” said Dr. Asim Shah, chief of Psychiatry at Ben Taub Hospital.

Shah said he sees this happening among the patients he treats, some only in their 30s.

“Post-COVID depression, anxiety, insomnia, psychosis, sometimes cognitive issues,” Shah said. “Maybe 20-25% of people suffer.”

It’s important to seek help if you feel any of these symptoms. Finding treatment options is getting easier as we get deeper into the pandemic.

Some hospitals even have “post-COVID clinics.”

“Post-COVID clinics are basically a clinic with a multidisciplinary team. Meaning you have a psychiatrist, you have a neurologist, you have a cardiologist, you have a rheumatologist, you have a pulmonologist, so you have all of those things,” Dr. Shah explained. “COVID can affect all systems, so you have a multidisciplinary approach so that everything is looked at more carefully.”