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Name of Media:

Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic: Medical and Psychological Approaches

Author(s):

Daniel LeGoff

Publisher or Source:

WorkersCompensation.com

Type of Media:

Newspaper Article

Media Originally for:

General Public

Country of Origin:

United States of America (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:

Yes

Description:

For those recovering from COVID-19 illness and the even larger number of individuals whose lives have been significantly impacted indirectly by the pandemic, the key issues that can be addressed by mental health providers include the following:

Informed and reasonable information about the virus and preventative measures, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing;
Providing strategies to improve coping and stress tolerance, such as mindfulness and meditation exercises, sleep hygiene and ways to maintain social connections;
Return-to-work readiness determinations from a mental health point of view with appropriate work-restrictions and accommodations based on an individual's job demands and work environment conditions;
Grief and loss counseling;
Telemed-based, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or other evidence-based treatment approaches for treatment of COVID-19 related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
Increased intensity of treatment, by frequency or duration of therapy sessions, for acute exacerbations of pre-existing mental health issues (e.g. depression, PTSD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, major depression, etc).

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