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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to COVID-19

Published: 26 June, 2020

During the current lockdown, GPs are already anecdotally reporting a rise in the number of patients with anxiety, depression and trauma symptoms, particularly in those who have pre-existing physical and mental health conditions – and they predict that this will escalate rapidly as lockdown restrictions are lifted and patients try to deal with their experiences.

The Royal College of GPs has reworked its learning materials – initially developed to help GP practices provide targeted support to military veterans returning from war zones and trying to adjust to civilian life – to create specific resources for family doctors helping their patients come to terms with the pandemic and its aftermath.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during and after lockdown is an extended screencast focusing on the period of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential effects on patients and key workers during and after this period. It looks at recognising signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, screening in primary care and how GPs can look after themselves during this challenging time. It is just one of the resources to support GPs during the COVID-19 pandemic on the RCGP eLearning platform.

Last updated: 26 June, 2020

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