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PTSD, Depression and Health Care Workers: They Need Help - and Fast

Published: Sept. 16, 2021

Health care workers are in trouble and fighting their own war against the coronavirus. Their mental health is declining and they need help.

"Recent research indicates that statistically, 16% of health care workers were experiencing symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that's gone up to 36% here since the pandemic hit in 2020," said Laura Fischer, a Clinical Manager with nonprofit, At Ease USA.

Fischer worries about what could happen if workers do not get the help they need.

Ellen McElderry with the Methodist Community Counseling Program outlines what we need to look out for if someone is struggling.

"Is that particular person having a significant change in their regular behaviors?" McElderry said. "Does their attitude or personality seem significantly different? Are they talking about difficulty concentrating? Problem-solving? Feeling restless and sleeping?"

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