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The Lancet: “substantial neurological and psychiatric morbidity in the 6 months after COVID-19 infection” (Long Haul COVID)

Not good news for me and many others, but it explains a lot about the difficulties I’ve been having from Long Haul COVID.

6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236 379 survivors of COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records

06 April 2021, emphasis added

Neurological and psychiatric sequelae of COVID-19 have been reported, but more data are needed to adequately assess the effects of COVID-19 on brain health. We aimed to provide robust estimates of incidence rates and relative risks of neurological and psychiatric diagnoses in patients in the 6 months following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Interpretation

Our study provides evidence for substantial neurological and psychiatric morbidity in the 6 months after COVID-19 infection. Risks were greatest in, but not limited to, patients who had severe COVID-19. This information could help in service planning and identification of research priorities. Complementary study designs, including prospective cohorts, are needed to corroborate and explain these findings.

WIND: that explains a lot—the brain fog, difficulty concentrating, vastly increased sleep needs, etc that I’ve been battling for a year now. Though the cognitive issues seem to finally clearin up.

The symptoms were similar to my concussion but I would rate them substantiall worse than that, with a more challenging recovery that oscillates far more. Luckily I experienced the anxiety stuff for only a few weeks after the infection; for me it has been almost entirely neurological (and not just cognitive).

But lately the cognitive stuff has mostly cleared up and what remains is severely impaired physical stamina that shuts me down and still demands 10-12 hours of sleep a day. That might be an auto-immune disruption triggered by the same infection, but it might be neurological—hard to be sure.

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