Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19


Surviving the trauma of COVID-19: what does the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment tell us about how to cope with the current pandemic? In this podcast, Professor Jonathan Bisson talks to Dr Raj Persaud about PTSD and the notion of ‘trauma’ in the context of COVID-19, including the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and evidence-based effective pharmacological and psychological approaches for its treatment and management.


Date published: 16 April 2020

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Jonathan Bisson

Audio running time: 40 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the definition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how this relates to the current COVID-19 pandemic


  • the symptoms and criteria involved in making a diagnosis of PTSD and the difference between qualifying and non-qualifying traumatic events


  • evidence-based pharmacological and psychological approaches for the treatment and management of PTSD


  • the influence of culture and background on individual coping strategies


  • the concept of 'moral injury'.


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Module Post-traumatic stress disorder in adults by Professor Jonathan Bisson and Dr Stuart Turner


Podcast The psychology and psychiatry of pandemics with Professor Steven Taylor

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