Is There Such A Thing As Pandemic PTSD?

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Everyone has their own personal story about life during the pandemic. Emotional and psychological reactions run the gamut. For some people life wasn’t greatly disturbed. For others, their lives were turned upside down. That latter group may think it’s nice that everyday routines are returning to normal. But they may also be bothered by not being able to shake a terrible sense of anxiety. What is that all about?

A man with anxiety

In an article on, Jillian Wilson says that “According to Vaile Wright,  senior director of health care innovation at the American Psychological Association, many people are experiencing trauma right now, which, clinically speaking, involves being personally exposed to or witnessing a traumatic event that threatens your life or your physical integrity.”

In short, the after effects of witnessing or experiencing a trauma can loosely fall into the category of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The traumatic event could be anything from job loss to the death of a relative or friend from Covid-19. If you can’t shake a vague sense of unease or anxiety, ask yourself if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PTSD below.

  • Newly developed habits that are disrupting your daily life
  • Noticeable shifts in drinking or use of other substances
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of your trauma
  • Taking part in risky behavior
  • Increased irritability or anger
  • New or worsening symptoms like headaches, teeth grinding or stomach pains
  • Nightmares about the pandemic

If any of these apply to you, it’s time to reach out for professional help. Remember, help is a phone call away.

For further information on each of these symptoms, see Wilson’s complete article here.