Signs of PTSD in COVID-19 long-haulers
One huge factor in developing mental health issues after a COVID-19 diagnosis depends on if the case was severe enough to require a stay in the intensive care unit. Post-ICU syndrome is a condition that involves symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many struggle with flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and avoidance symptoms. Avoidance behaviors occur in an attempt to avoid memories associated with traumatic events. Reminders such as people, objects, and situations can cause flashbacks or panic attacks. Sights, sounds, and even smells can trigger bad memories.
Even for those not hospitalized, COVID-19 has taken a toll on their mental health. Six months past diagnosis, many have “brain fog,” fatigue, and anxiety. COVID long haulers don’t know what long-term effects COVID-19 will have on them or what their future will hold since there are still so many unknowns about the virus.