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1 in 3 COVID patients diagnosed with neuropsychiatric condition in 6 months, study finds

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A University of Utah doctor is sharing some alarming information about what appears to await one-third of COVID-19 survivors. (Photo: KUTV)

A University of Utah doctor is sharing some alarming information about what appears to await one-third of COVID-19 survivors.

After all the pain and debilitating symptoms, many who are technically considered "recovered" suffer from neurological or psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Julie Kiefer with the University of Utah is just one of the many medical experts sharing this new, concerning information.

The new study found one in three COVID-19 patients develop mood disorders, strokes or even dementia. The medical journal the "Lancet Psychiatry" used real-world health data from millions of people to put this study together. Researchers found anxiety, mood and substance use disorders were the most common conditions, appearing within six months of a COVID-19 infection.

In all patients involved in the study, 0.6% developed a brain hemorrhage, 2.1% an ischemic stroke, and 0.7% dementia.

Also concerning, some people who had the flu develop similar conditions. With COVID-19, however, the chances of suffering a neurological or mental condition shoot up 44%.

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