Now that our lives are beginning to open up again, how will we
deal with the post-trauma that this viral pandemic created. The
terror that we suffered/suffering through with the fears of
contracting this illness or even dying because of it.
We usually associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with
war and other traumas in our history. Let’s take a look at the
trauma/shock that this virus epidemic has created for humans of
all ages. The senior citizens have been targeted as more
vulnerable and the younger citizens were swept out of their work
and schools. It has been total rearrangement of places, spaces
and purposes; disruption of life. I think this identifies as
PTSD for many.
However, we can learn how to deal effectively with the current
and future living/working conditions and the mental health
issues that have been created by this sweeping illness. There
are and will be changes in how we relate to each other and
events in the future; conditions that will continue for a long
time. Traumatic events often create symptoms of flashbacks,
intrusive memories, nightmares, severe anxiety/fears,
uncontrollable thoughts about the event and the future, negative
changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and
emotional reactions. These fears follow us like shadows that are
undeniable and unavoidable.
There is a way to help calm these traumatic thoughts, feelings
and behaviors. We can learn to manage our thoughts and stay in
the mode of problem solving. Learn Cognitive-Behavioral Skills
to problem solve in the present time. Getting effective
treatment after PTSD symptoms begin can be critical to help
reduce symptoms and improve daily functioning. Learn how to move
your thinking to the present and look at the event from a
factual and solution focused view. Mind over matter. That
includes logical reasoning and action – not reckless behaviors.
You know the wise way to behave in your home and outside in
public. You can listen to the suggestions of the medical and
Now you have an opportunity to learn the Skills to deal with
this traumatic event in a more realistic manner so that you can
create a wise functioning daily routine. The Cognitive-
Behavioral Skills will help you to move from overwhelming fears
to being sensibly cautious and continue with your life. Fear is
an important emotion because it alerts us that something is
amiss and needs attending to; however, if used excessively it
keeps us off track.
Note: PTSD symptoms may start in the current time or they may
begin months or years after the event. These symptoms may cause
significant problems in relationships, social and work. They can
also interfere with your ability to do your daily tasks. PTSD
symptoms can disrupt your whole life if you allow them to
continue. Learn the Skills to think more positive as you
organize your life to move forward.