Mood Disorder Is Now a High-Risk Condition for COVID 19

Mood Disorder Is Now a High-Risk Condition for COVID 19

( – For years, doctors have known the mind and body work together to prevent illness. The opposite can happen as well. In 2019, approximately 8% of adults in the United States experienced at least one episode of depression. At least half were diagnosed with a mood disorder, including depressive disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, increasing risks for numerous physical illnesses.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is adding mood disorders as a high-risk factor for deadly COVID-19 complications.

Based on the CDC’s recognition of mood disorders contributing to worsened COVID-19, the number of people who’ve become eligible for vaccine booster shots increased by millions. On October 14, the agency added mental health to the list of physical conditions that could make a person likely to be hospitalized, put on a ventilator or die of COVID-19. Among the other high-risk ailments are cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

According to recent research, doctors diagnosed 53 million new cases of depression in 2020. That’s a 28% jump over 2019. Mood disorders can increase stress, compromise the immune system and put sufferers at risk for severe illness if they get sick. One study showed that next to the elderly, people with schizophrenia were the most likely to die if they contracted COVID-19.

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