May is Mental Health Month. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that mental, neurological, and substance use disorders make up 10% of the global burden of disease and 30% of the non-fatal
disease burden. An estimated 5% of all adults suffer from depression; 800,000 die every year by
The pandemic has added weight to the global mental health burden, with about 10% to 20% of
recovered COVID patients experiencing new, returning, or lingering symptoms for weeks, months, or
even longer. To improve recognition and care for these patients, WHO introduced an official definition
for the condition known as “Long COVID.”
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