PTSD and the Pandemic
June is PTSD Awareness Month. There is evidence the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in emotional health problems, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What exactly is PTSD and what are the symptoms?
PTSD is a mental health disorder triggered by a terrifying event like a natural disaster, a major accident, an assault, or war/combat. The trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic has also become a trigger for PTSD symptoms in some individuals.
A study published in February 2021 found that 30 percent of COVID-19 survivors experienced PTSD. Healthcare workers, those who lost loved ones due to the virus, and those who have endured extreme isolation and hardship during the pandemic may also be at risk.
Be aware of the symptoms
Most people who experience a traumatic event will have symptoms similar to PTSD, but the symptoms decrease with time and they are able to heal. Those with PTSD become “stuck” and are unable to move past their trauma, often suffering in silence.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Repeatedly reliving the event with nightmares or flashbacks
- Avoiding situations or people that are reminders of the trauma
- Experiencing an increase in negative feelings – numbness, sadness, fright, anxiousness, guilt, and shame are examples
- Feeling jittery or on edge and having trouble concentrating, relaxing, or sleeping
A Woman’s View can help
Seeking help is the key to treating PTSD. The holistic approach at A Woman’s View means we care for more than your physical healthcare needs. We work in partnership with The Counseling Group and Kintegra Health to provide counseling services to those who are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Feel free to call to schedule an assessment or visit our website for more information: https://www.awomansview.com/services/counseling-services/