High levels of depression, alcohol use in people with Long Covid – study

A new study has found high levels of moderate to severe depression and concerning alcohol use in people with Long Covid.

The study involved 155 participants over 14 months and was conducted at the Mater Hospital’s Long Covid Clinic in partnership with north Dublin GPs.

It found that psychological and psychiatric problems, like anxiety and depression, are much more prevalent in Long Covid patients than in the general public.

Patients with no previous history of depression or anxiety prior to their Covid-19 infection are now presenting to the clinic with neurological conditions.

Almost one in five participants had moderate to severe depression one year on and almost three quarters had concerning alcohol use.

For more information please see https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2022/0607/1303381-long-covid/