Anyone can develop secondary trauma / PTSD. Any life-changing, triggering, or painful experience may lead to flashbacks, fear, or anxiety. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) making news across the globe, the world is sure to see a rise in mental illness. However, you’re not alone—there is help available. Here’s how professional therapy can help you overcome your feelings of angst, despair, and hopelessness.
Types of Emotional Trauma Caused by COVID-19
Not everyone responds to traumatic experiences in the same manner. Some may be able to make sense out of the chaos, while others may struggle to even get out of bed in the morning. And remember, there is no right way or wrong way to show your emotions.
The coronavirus impacts people in many ways. Some commonly reported feelings and fears include:
- Social distancing: Will you ever see your loved ones again? Not being able to visit and touch those you love may leave you feeling defenseless and alone.
- Financial hardship: Unemployment claims are at an all-time high. Those who have lost their jobs worry about putting food on the table, and those still working wonder if they will be next. Not having money to pay for bills and necessities may leave you feeling inadequate or even angry.
- Loss of loved ones: Tomorrow isn’t a guarantee. The coronavirus has made people think about mortality in a whole new light. Will you lose a family member? Will you leave your children behind? Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty may govern your daily life.
Many people think they can overcome these feelings independently, but it’s not always that easy. Speaking with a counselor will help you cope with your emotions and learn how to enjoy life again.
Signs of PTSD Due to the Coronavirus Crisis
The coronavirus pandemic may lead to a sudden increase in anxiety and depression. Even those without a history may find themselves unable to cope alone. So, knowing the signs of PTSD can help you seek out therapy sooner.
Emotional disturbances are a tell-tale sign of trauma. You may find yourself getting mad or having outbursts for seemingly no reason. If you startle easy or always “look over your shoulder,” you may have an anxiety disorder. Not feeling anything at all could also be a symptom. If you feel numbness and a sense of darkness, depression may be to blame.
Secondary trauma can also lead to physical problems. Insomnia is common, and others have vivid, frightening dreams when they do fall asleep. Flashbacks and difficulty discerning current events from the past are other warning signs. Others may develop high blood pressure or a rapid heartbeat. These symptoms may lead to other health issues.
Compassionate Help during These Troubling Times
The world has yet to see the full impact of the coronavirus, and trauma could affect people for years to come. There’s no reason you must live with fear, anxiety, or depression. However, without treatment, PTSD can become a lifelong disorder.
Positive Living Psychotherapy wants to help you cope with trauma so that it doesn’t rule your life. We use holistic treatments so our clients can live their best life. Schedule a consultation to learn how to conquer secondary trauma / PTSD due to the Coronavirus.