Russian expert Natalia Petrova, Professor, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Narcology, Faculty of Medicine of St. Petersburg State University, member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, talks about the peculiarities of depression in patients who have had coronavirus.
Speaking on September 24 at the All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference on Psychiatry in Kirov with a report “Postcoid depression: analysis, approaches to therapy, prospects”, she noted the degree of risk of postcoid depression:
“Significantly higher than in other viral diseases. The prevalence of depression in patients who have recently recovered from coronavirus infection reaches more than 29% of cases. “
The expert explained that those who have undergone a complex form of COVID-19, who have undergone intensive therapy and resuscitation, are often diagnosed with depressive disorders with significant somatogenic asthenia: there are excessive weakness and fatigue caused by diseases of internal organs and systems. The professor draws attention to the fact that the frequency of such disorders reaches 40%. News…
At the same time, the level of anxiety and stress, quotes the professor of TASS, is quite high among those who were on self-isolation, especially in chronic patients. The frequency of depression among them reaches about 30%, notes Natalia Petrova:
“This is due to the restriction of access to medical care in the context of measures to combat the pandemic. An important factor is the need for isolation, and the longer isolation measures are applied, the greater the risk of developing depression and anxiety. “