Cognitive impairment, that is, memory impairment and decreased concentration, is normal after coronavirus, since such complications can occur after any virus. This was announced on Sunday, July 25, by experts in the field of psychiatry and psychology in an interview with the TASS news agency.
Psychotherapist of the highest category Alexander Fedorovich noted that after any virus there are two types of complications: on the vessels and on the nervous tissue, both central and peripheral.
– There is nothing supernatural here, these are not some purely coronavirus consequences and complications. Any virus has similar consequences, this is determined by intoxication, that is, the asthenic component. Problems such as concentration, memory, and other forms of autonomic response are completely normal. There is nothing catastrophic in this, – the specialist noted.
Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology of the Scientific Center for Mental Health of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences Sergey Enikolopov agreed with the opinion of his colleague. The expert noted that patients really often complain of memory impairment after coronavirus, but this is understandable: people come out of the disease exhausted and recover for a long time.
According to the psychologist, the restoration of cognitive functions after coronavirus in this case can take at least a month, but everything depends on each person individually.
Associate Professor of the Department of Social Psychology at Moscow State University named after Lomonosov Alexander Rykiel added that the causes of depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment lie not only in the disease itself and changes in lifestyle, but also in the progression of social phobias, which are associated with job loss, difficulties in adapting to life during pandemics.
As the website Kp.ru wrote, earlier the deputy head for scientific work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, Alexander Gorelov, spoke about the frequent complications after coronavirus in children. The list also includes memory problems and cognitive impairments.