Typically, when we experience a loss of life, we are met with kind words and shows of love and support, allowing us to feel like our loss has been accepted and recognized. However, on the other end of the spectrum, is disenfranchised grief.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects approximately 3.5% of adults in the United States, or an estimated 7.7 million adults. The American Psychiatric Association estimates that approximately one out of every 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime, and even more people will be affected by it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has largely defined 2020 in a way that no one could have anticipated just one short year ago. For many people, especially those that are younger, the pandemic marks the first global health crisis that they have experienced during their lifetime.
Everyone experiences anxiety at one point or another, but for most people, the experience is short-lived and fleeting. When feelings of anxiety persist for an extended period of time, they can begin to impact your quality of life and may require treatment with medication.