It’s on everyone’s mind. It’s practically all you see on TV, all you hear on the radio, and no matter how much thumb-scrolling you do, you’ll see mention of it on social media with seemingly every other post.
Yes, we indeed are writing about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The reason it’s nearly impossible to disconnect from corona-talk is quite simple; it is impacting everything. From our very safety to our social lives and the economy, nothing is left unaffected by this rampaging global pandemic.
While plenty has been said and written about how COVID-19 is impacting mental health on a macro scale, much is either inaccurate or getting lost in the flood of media with which we are inundated on a daily basis.
For our part at Blair Wellness Group, we wish to educate our readers so they can have an accurate understanding of trauma, who in particular is at risk, and what can be done. If you are interested in learning more about the mental health crisis and coronavirus, for either yourself or a loved one, please read on.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma is defined as an emotional response to an experience or event that is deeply distressing. When generally applied, one could experience trauma from the loss of a loved one, being in an accident, going through a divorce, or being ill or injured yourself.
Trauma is inherently subjective because it deals in the realm of the personal. Traumatic events encompass a wide spectrum of occurrences, which is why psychologists differentiate types of trauma so each can be better understood. You may hear a therapist refer to complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or developmental trauma disorder.
Some of the most common symptoms of trauma include the following:
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling isolated
- Mood swings
- Persistent feelings of despair
- Physical symptoms, such as headaches
- Intense feelings of guilt or shame
Trauma & Coronavirus: High-Risk Factors
We want to be as clear as possible when discussing traumatic events and coronavirus. While “trauma” is a popular word to describe the experiencing of a distressing event, they don’t become “trauma” until a person’s ability to cope has been compromised. When someone has experienced a disturbing event and they believe (or believed) their life or psychological well-being was in jeopardy, they may be experiencing psychological trauma.
Now, when we look at COVID-19 as an event that could lead to trauma, it’s easier to understand why so many people are at risk of mental health issues. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that nearly every single person across the planet is at risk to one degree or another. That said, there are certain demographics who are at higher risk than others. We list several below:
- Those who have tested positive for COVID-19
- Those who have had a loved one with COVID-19
- Those with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma
- Elderly individuals who are more likely to experience severe symptoms
- Healthcare workers on the front lines working to keep others safe
- Those who have experienced unrelated traumatic events during the pandemic
Crisis Intervention Therapy
Dr. Cassidy Blair provides a range of psychological therapies and treatments, often blending approaches based on the unique needs and goals of her clients. Perhaps the most apt among these therapies is Crisis Intervention Therapy, which is often used when a client is confronted by traumatic events that she or he is not prepared or able to confront in a productive way.
Crisis Intervention Therapy provides immediate, short-term assistance for individuals who are experiencing physical, behavioral, or emotional distress. Folks who may not have the resources to deal with events such as sudden death, divorce, job loss, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress, and/or trauma from living through a pandemic are equipped with the tools they need to overcome such obstacles.
At Blair Wellness Group, we utilize proven methods to help clients cope with traumas by tailoring therapy to their unique needs. Clients can expect to receive detailed information about the skills and techniques required to develop healthy coping skills so you can return to pre-crisis levels of functioning. Dr. Blair is vastly experienced in treating clients who come from a wide range of backgrounds. She provides unique combinations of therapies and treatments to achieve faster, long-lasting results for her clients.
Dr. Blair is now offering teletherapy services as part of her comprehensive suite of psychological treatment and therapy. As a highly-regarded Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, you can expect the same excellence with which Dr. Blair provides during each and every session, be it in person, over the phone, or online. With confidential, concierge-style treatment and individualized therapy for depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and much more, Dr. Blair is well-equipped to provide incredible therapy with dramatic results.
“Dr. Blair and her staff are amazing! Dr.Blair gave me the support and guidance I needed to help me transform my life. I was going through an extremely stressful period both in my career and home life. Dr. Blair helped me during this time. I now lead a healthy and productive life thanks to her.”
Request Your Appointment With Dr. Blair
Blair Wellness Group is committed to our clients’ well-being during this unprecedented global pandemic. Whether it is you or a loved one who might be experiencing trauma or psychological distress, we are here to help.
Our mission is to build and maintain a culture that is renowned for treating a wide range of conditions, disorders, or undiagnosed concerns. Dr. Blair is passionate about providing individualized care for her patients and clients, pulling from a vast array of therapeutic approaches based on the unique goals and needs of the client at hand. If you are looking to be heard, understood, and offered invaluable wisdom from a Licensed Clinical Psychologist like Dr. Blair, you can schedule your appointment with her at your convenience! We would love to hear from you and connect you with Dr. Blair so that you can experience her uniquely effective approach to therapy in Beverly Hills. Reach out to us today.