The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful, scary and even traumatic time for many. Loyola Medicine psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, discusses how ongoing uncertainty, fear and grief may cause an acute distress disorder, and if prolonged for more than one month, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
COVID-19 survivors, individuals who have lost a family member or loved one to this disease, and/or front line health care and other essential workers, are most at risk for a stress disorder. Dr. Simmons outlines the symptoms to look for, how to take care of yourself during this time, and how to seek help when necessary.
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