A new study led by Dr. Ellie Brown at the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Australia has found that the stress caused by COVID-19 may increase the incidence of psychosis.

“COVID-19 is a very stressful experience for everyone, particularly those with complex mental health needs. We know that psychosis, and first episodes of psychosis, are commonly triggered by substantial psychosocial stresses. In the context of COVID-19, this could include stress relating to isolation and having to potentially remain within challenging family situations.

Dr. Ellie Brown

A small number of COVID-19 patients may also develop psychosis during their infection.

The researchers hope that by highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on people affected by serious mental health issues, clinicians and family members can be aware and provide more support if needed.

If you think that you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of psychosis, contact BC Early Psychosis Intervention.

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