Traumatic stress does not always come from experiencing a personal tragedy. For instance, living through the coronavirus pandemic and feeling helpless and anxious during the height of the pandemic can cause emotional distress and traumatic stress. While the situation is relatively better now, we believe that COVID care services should focus on both the symptoms of long COVID and also the toll it leaves on the patient’s mental health.
As a provider of direct primary care, we take care of people’s overall health, including mental health. We want to impart the following helpful tips on how to deal with traumatic stress:
- Acknowledge your feelings.
Ignoring the fact that you are experiencing traumatic stress will slow recovery. Denial would prevent you from seeking help or virtual consultation.
- Understand your feelings.
There is no standard way to respond to a traumatic event. Do not compare your reaction to the same traumatic event to that of another person. For instance, experiencing traumatic stress because of the COVID-19 pandemic, when others did not, does not make you weak. If you want to talk about it, our telehealth service is here for you.
Synergy Health Network offers therapy services to help people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems. Our primary care membership also allows our clients to have personalized care. Feel free to call us for more information.