By Alan Mozes

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting care at a hospital for a psychiatric disorder may be linked to a higher risk of in the following weeks and months, new research suggests.

People who sought care at a hospital for serious conditions -- such as , or post-traumatic disorder -- faced a tripled risk of following their visit, the study authors contended.

The risk started to decrease after 30 days, but remained twice as high for at least a year after the ER visit or hospital stay, the researchers said.

"We have known for some time that people who have a seem to be at an increased risk for later on developing some sort of psychiatric illness, or post-stroke ," said study lead author Jonah Zuflacht. He's a fourth-year medical student at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.