A modern, millennial, 2021 take on trauma 😷.
Trau- ma :
” Ma’ , we all go through it sometimes.
Time flies by.
Trauma stops by to say, Hi.
Bye, I reply.
TTYL , she insists.
FR, no, really it is not necessary, I persist .
You got your smell back, don’t be such a *(w)*itch “.
Check on your friends even after COVID is over
You got your smell back. Everything should be perfect, right? Everything is re-aligned in your world. First, a hug. Then, a kiss. Third, you know what. All accessible to you. F.U.N is at the tip of your COVID-free fingertips.
Beep. Wrong answer. Yes, people can do all the things listed above after COVID. However, people are still experiencing discomfort, depression, sadness, and severe psychological effects.
All these words point to trauma. So, check in on your friends and family if you love them.
When does trauma happen? What is it? 🤔
Furthermore, trauma typically happens when people go through a life altering event. Akin to that feeling in the pit of your stomach when everything goes horribly wrong.
The actual definition is:
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions. Also, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.APA Association
Moreover, I never expected a pandemic to cause trauma.
Especially, after the sickness is over. But people are experiencing after-effects.
Specifically, I was talking to a friend. She recently recovered from COVID. However, she is still feeling down and depressed. She is afraid of going to the store. Seeing her friends. Visiting family. Everything seems different and wrong. The more I speak and check-in on friends who had COVID, the more I realize they still need support.
COVID, PTSD, and trauma in research
Recently, researchers found that many people are experiencing trauma post-COVID.
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD happens after someone experiences a trauma. The lingering results are: flashbacks, depression, anxiety, and memory issues.
The threat of COVID can be seen as a worldwide threat. For the first time, all countries are experiencing the same collective trauma.
Mapping COVID related trauma worldwide *Shocking results*
Shocking results ahead. A 2021 US study looked at patients who recovered from COVID, after 30 to 120 days. The results are scary. In detail, 30.2 % experienced PTSD. To paint a clearer picture, the sample size covered 381 white patients, who experienced acute COVID infections.
Additionally, a 2020 Norwegian study found that health care workers and public service providers are also experiencing PTSD (28.9 %). This indicates a need to focus on psychological care.
With the lack of in-person services available, maybe, people need more online therapy and care. Measures need to be taken to help people deal with fear and find a way to sleep better.
Not meaning to make your day get even worse. But young adults aged 18 to 30 are taking loneliness extra hard. Maybe, because we are more used to going out and reliant on friends vs. family.
Individuals with family support showed lower levels of anxiety and depression. Hence, if you still talk to your family, and love them reach out. Even if they look strong.
Likewise, a Chinese study on university students also found the prevalence of PTSD and depressive symptoms one month post-COVID, in people who quarantined at home.
Thus far, people in Norway, USA, China, and Italy all reported feeling PTSD after COVID. This may suggest that we need a support system ready for people after they experience trauma.
What is the solution?
A similar trend is showing up in different countries worldwide. The answer is to be proactive.
- On an individual level:
- Let’s start with ourselves. Reach out to someone you love or care about who previously had COVID. Just check up on them, ask how they are doing. Remind them they are loved.
- If you notice, they are showing serious depressive behavior suggest they speak to someone. If this is your child, help them seek therapy.
- On a professional Level (mental health professionals):
- We need to start implementing mental health checks after people finish from COVID. More reporting and testing of PTSD needs to be done. More importantly, we shouldn’t just leave people behind after COVID is over. Or else, we may have a generation of traumatized individuals.
Ok, I do not think an entire generation will be traumatized. We don’t need to exaggerate the findings either. Nonetheless, a decent portion of people are traumatized.
Some people are experiencing double traumas. First, from having COVID. Second, from watching a loved one die of COVID 😭.
We just need to have resources available and accessible . Especially, online therapy sessions. Moreover, we need the help of school and university counsellors.
My final cliche message is that we just need to show each other we love each other. Lynden David Hall got it right in 2003, “All we need is love”. We matter. He matters. She matters. I matter. So, do you.
Who will you call or text to check-in on today? ❤️