Healthcare workers are at a higher risk of developing PTSD. Here’s why

PTSD expert Skye Fitzpatrick explains how the pandemic has seen an increase in the disorder.
December 10, 2021 2:38 p.m. EST

Many Canadians have experienced a difficult time during the pandemic, with a recent study indicating one in five have screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. If you're a healthcare worker, those symptoms have been found to be two to three times more likely.

PTSD expert Dr. Skye Fitzpatrck joined The Social for an important coversation about the mental health issue, including its symptoms, why healthcare workers have been at an increased risk, and what treatmights doctors might prescribe. She also offered tips for healthcare workers to manage the stressful reality of their day-to-day life right now - hear more about them in the video above.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is currently working on a program with the goal of helping PTSD patients and their partners through online self-help, called Couple HOPES. To learn more, click here