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Psychiatrist: the number of people in need of help after COVID-19 is growing
Psychiatrist, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of the Russian National Research Medical University named after V.I. N.I. Pirogov, doctor of medical sciences Andrei Shmilovich spoke about what neurological and psychogenic disorders caused by the pandemic. According to him, now the situation with mental disorders is much worse. Than at the beginning of the lockdown.
As they write "News", After the coronavirus, complications from the psyche can be very different. Now more and more people are faced, including with neurological symptoms: parosmia and anosmia. With these disorders, odors are felt that are not in reality or the sense of smell disappears altogether.
In the first month after recovery, the coronavirus affects cognitive functions, weakness, lethargy, fatigue, and sleep disorders are observed. Also, psychiatrists are monitoring patients after suffering from COVID-19 memory disorders, concentration and other cognitive impairments.
However, the coronavirus does not cause organic depression or psychosis, Andrei Shmilovich is sure. However, recovery, especially if a person had other shocks in addition to the disease itself, can take up to a year or more.
Due to the lockdown, the growth of social tension, job loss, and other problems, the number of people in need of psychiatric help is growing. Because of this, various anxious, phobic, hypochondriacal, depressive states develop. Also, unexpectedly for professionals, eating disorders have become more common.