Does Covid-19 Cause Anxiety or Depression?

Updated: Sep 15

Does the Covid-19 Coronavirus cause anxiety or depression? This is a question many are asking, and the answer may surprise you. Researchers now link this infection with multiple conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other mental health conditions. If you have had the Covid-19 illness, your risk of developing the above conditions are much higher than for those who have not had it.

Researchers are still debating whether this illness causes changes in the brain through inflammation or other processes; or if the mental health conditions are caused indirectly, by psychosocial means. Anyone diagnosed with the Covid-19 Coronavirus infection is put in isolation. Loneliness, lack of social supports, interrupted routine, stress from the infection, survivor's guilt, and adjusting to life after a significant illness are also possible causes of the increase in mental health issues for those recovering from the Coronavirus.

In the coming months and years, there will be additional research on the subject. Hopefully there will be more clarity on the link between the pandemic and mental illness, and more information on if the two are simply connected, or if the infection actually causes mental health problems. But for the time being, mental health concerns in the post-coronavirus era should be taken seriously. Whether or not someone was diagnosed with Covid-19, if they show or report symptoms of mental health issues, it is important to get help and support from a qualified mental health professional.

If you or your loved one is struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or other problems, reach out for your free 15-minute consultation today. Don't suffer for one more day.