GPs could face a surge of patients seeking their help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This warning has come from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) which has now reworked its learning materials that were originally designed to help GP practices provide targeted support to military veterans returning from war zones and trying to adjust to civilian life.
The RCGP now has an e-learning module for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during and after lockdown which looks at:
- why PTSD is so topical
- initial patient response after traumatic events
- prevalence of PTSD
- when to suspect PTSD
- key workers and PTSD
- how healthcare professionals can look after themselves.
The module includes vlogs, screencasts and a PTSD screening test with one section dealing specifically with the unique mental health needs of key workers, particularly health and social care professionals who have been on the frontline of the NHS and other public services during the pandemic.