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COVID-19 & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Awareness & prevention to enhance overall wellbeing

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

By: Phyo Ei Khine

Some people can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing or witnessing a serious accident, terrorist attack or a physical assault. Can COVID-19 cause the same? Currently we are facing physical distancing or more appropriately social distancing, working remotely due to lockdown or curfew. These leads to anxiousness, loneliness and depression because of uncertainty, unemployment, hopeless and loss of loved ones. Indeed, there could be long-term repercussion to the stress, anxiety and fear that has overwhelmed the globe for months.


The specific symptoms can vary from each other. People can experience symptoms after a traumatic incident or recur later. Flashbacks, repetitive nightmares, insomnia, illusions, difficulty concentration, loss of hope, hypervigilance or great distress are the significant symptoms of PTSD. Symptoms can recover naturally over time. But sometimes the symptoms don’t get well with time. If you still suffering the symptoms for several months, you should get help from a therapist or mental health professional.


Therapist or mental health professionals use cognitive behavior therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, interpersonal therapy and present-centered therapy for the treatment of PTSD. Among them, cognitive behavior therapy is the very effective.

If you suffer any of the above symptoms, but you don’t want to meet with psychiatrists, you can use mindfulness-based therapies yourself or share your experiences and feelings with others who have similar experiences.


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