As the quarantine goes on for longer periods of time, the risk for people to experience trauma and PTSD increases. That doesn’t include the people who are already experiencing some of these things.
“Trauma” could mean many things. It could be anything from having anxiety about leaving the house to go on a walk, going to the market and being around other people, or even thinking about going back to work, and fearing that you might catch this virus. It could also be an increase or decrease in appetite, lack of sleep, or always just being on edge. And these are just a few of the things that “trauma” could mean.
That doesn’t even include the grief people are feeling. Grief from losing what we used to call our “normal” lives, loss of seeing friends in person, loss of freedom to go when and where we want, and sadly the loss of losing loved ones or being able to be present in the hospital with your loved ones when they are so sick, or even more tragically, dying.
The important thing is to reach out for help or support. Don’t feel like you have to suffer alone or that you’ll “get over it”.
These feelings are real, and it’s OK to ask for help.
Part of the anxiety of “trauma” is the unknown of when will things “open up”, when will we be able to go out and about without heightened risk or fear of getting sick, or even feel comfortable going to a restaurant. These things and more are also swirling about in everyone’s heads every single day.
Next post will have some ways to help yourself with your anxiety or stress related to COVID-19.
If you are interested, or in need of, getting some support, counseling, or help with your anxiety or trauma, this is an area I specialize in and I can help you.
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