WCPO: Experts: Recent surge could trigger COVID-related PTSD

UC expert says keeping connected is important

A surge in cases of COVID-19 can cause more than just physical problems. For some survivors of COVID, the mental toll can include bouts of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In a story produced by WCPO, Maria Espinola, PsyD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the UC College of Medicine stressed the importance of maintaining a connection to family and friends. 

"One of the symptoms for PTSD is avoidance,” said Espinola. She recommends those who are suffering from PTSD take care of themselves. She said exercising, eating well, getting therapy and connecting with others could help.

“At the very least, make a phone call,” Espinola said. “Have a Zoom meeting, connect through social media, but don't isolate.”

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