Mental Health Issues of COVID-19 Survivors: Need for Specialized Care
When Ananth Deo (patient’s name changed for privacy reasons) came home after spending 15-days stay in the hospital for COVID-19 treatment, his family was ecstatic. They believed that Ananth had won the battle against coronavirus and things would get back to normal now.
During the initial few days at home Ananth complained of fatigue which his doctor had already warned of. However, after a month his behavior started getting erratic. His sleep pattern was disturbed and he started showing signs of being under extreme pressure.
Further investigations revealed that Ananth had developed anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.
There are many Ananths like this in India who often remain undetected and continue to struggle alone.
By now we know that COVID-19 patients may struggle with a wide variety of symptoms post their initial treatment. Symptoms of blood clotting, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc. are well documented and talked about. However, the psychological symptoms like depression or anxiety can go undetected.
The psychological symptoms can affect COVID-19 patients without any prior history of such conditions.
A study by Oxford University revealed that 1 in 3 COVID-19 survivors experience mental health issues within 6 months of discharge.
Furthermore, it’s not just the patients who develop mental health issues. The family also struggles with anxiety of possibility of losing a loved one or not knowing what’s happening to them.
This amplifies the need for a post covid care service for the patients to help them deal with such situations.
How to Identify Mental Health Issues in COVID Survivors?
The mental health issues that COVID survivors experience can often go undetected. Their complaints of low motivation or fatigue can easily get misconstrued as physical symptoms of long COVID. However, they may be indicators of the psychological issues manifesting within the person.
While all COVID patients would not display the same symptoms, the most common indicators for mental health issues would be:
Lack of concentration
Withdrawal from public life
It is important for COVID survivors to have clinical guidance that can help them overcome these problems.
Ubiqare’s Post Covid Care
We offer specialized post COVID care support to patients. We help them address a wide range of
complications including psychological issues that come up after the initial treatment.
We connect COVID-19 survivors to a psychiatrist or a therapist depending on the need to help them through their struggle. Our specialists engage with the patient and their family members in online or in-person (if needed) sessions to deal with the emotional and mental turmoil.
Our post covid care is designed to put patients on the path of recovery and sustain that recovery in the long run.
Check out our post COVID care service details at https://ubiqare.in/post-covid-care/