PTSD after Covid-19?
As with every social disruption, the 2020 pandemic has also shown an increase in psychological disorders that range from anxiety, to depression and mourning.
PTSD is a mood disorder that some individuals develop after experiencing a traumatic event. For instance, it can happen to those that faced their near death at the ICU. It is not the event per se what causes such psychological outbreak. It is the overwhelming experience of it. Social fear and the fear of death associated with Covid-19, the belief that one may die from acquiring Covid-19, may increase the risk of developing PTSD symptoms in individuals that contract this disease even if they have never received ICU care.
If you have recently contracted Covid-19 know that:
-In the past months, there has been an increase in treatment options.
-Death rate associated with this disease has gone down, even when it fluctuates.
-There is free accessible testing for anyone interested.
-You can get vaccinated.
-You are going to be fine.
Be sure to listen to your body, follow your doctor’s advice and keep your hopes up!