There's no doubt about the fact that coping with the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year could actually lead to post traumatic stress disorder.

According to the Detroit Free Press, it's been a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.  It has been a year of loss, separation, anxiety and uncertainty.

The Detroit Free Press also adds its been a year of changes.  We have seen how our communities can come together, how we can help one another, and how selfless we can be during such hardship.

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Everyone responds to these experiences differently.  Being a frontline worker during the COVID-19 crisis, seeing loved ones pass away from COVID-19, having COVID-19 yourself.  These are all traumatic experiences that could lead to post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  (Detroit Free Press)

I'm not personally an expert on this subject, but I would like to add that since the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have isolated themselves from family members.  Many people have lost their jobs and many are having a difficult time coping with every day life.

The Detroit Free Press tells us that while many people experience symptoms similar to PTSD after a traumatic event, they usually heal on their own after a period of time.  Those who have PTSD get stuck and aren't able to move past their trauma.

When it comes to PTSD, it can be treated very effectively.  The best treatment method is psychotherapy, which is usually a combination of cognitive processing therapy and exposure therapy.  The Detroit Free Press can explain both of these treatments.

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic:

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