In a recent article in Frontiers in Psychiatry, a group of researchers from Poland and the UK suggest that there are three groups at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the current COVID-19 pandemic:
- survivors of severe cases of COVID-19,
- family members of people who have survived severe cases or died from COVID-19
- frontline healthcare providers who have witnessed life-threatening cases and deaths from COVID-19
Because of this, the researchers suggest that mental health service providers should get ready for an increase in patients with PTSD symptoms, beginning with routine screening and preparation to deliver evidence-based treatment interventions.
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