Managing Traumatic Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
Experiencing a traumatic event associated with the coronavirus pandemic may lead to a trauma response. This can include those who did not become ill with the virus and/or those individuals trying to manage the fear of contracting COVID-19. Furthermore, people are adapting to radical lifestyle change(s) on daily basis. The coronavirus pandemic is a significant stressor on everyone’s lives.
If you need support coping with traumatic stress during these difficult times, please see the following resources:
- NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- How to Cope with Traumatic Events like Coronavirus
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Managing
- NIMH Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- NIMH Coping with Traumatic Events
- NIMH Science News about Coping with Traumatic Events
- NIMH Director’s Message - Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
Also, June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day and it is good day for everyone to recognize the effects post-traumatic stress on the lives of those affected by it.