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Community Psychiatry’s Summer Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC was featured in Eat This, Not That! article, 7 Subtle Signs You Have Coronavirus Pandemic PTSD. Dr. Thompson adds insight into what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is and how COVID-19 can impact your mental health.

7 Subtle Signs You Have Coronavirus Pandemic PTSD

Knowing the signs can save your life.

By: Emilia Paluszez, Eat This, Not That! | May 13, 2020

If you or someone you know is having a hard time dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, know that you are not alone. Our world has turned upside down, so it’s natural to feel uneasy and unmoored. However, anxiety and depression are one thing; a deep-rooted trauma is another. Read on to discover if you or a loved one may be suffering from coronavirus pandemic post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD.

1. What is PTSD?

“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, learning about a traumatic event that has happened to a family member or close friend, and experiencing repeated exposure to details of traumatic events,” says Summer R. Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Community Psychiatry. “In our current situation as a nation, we are closely following the news related to COVID-19 and/or hearing about friends and family members contracting this illness. As a result, the potential for developing PTSD is highly elevated.”


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