COVID-19: PTSD Among Healthcare Workers

April 28, 2021

On April 28, 2021, the American Brain Coalition and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, in cooperation with the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, hosted a virtual briefing addressing COVID-19: PTSD Among Healthcare Workers. Presenters included James Murrough, M.D. Ph.D., representing the Icahn School of Medicine, Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D. of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and W. Michael Brode, M.D., representing the University of Texas at Austin. The goal of this briefing was to educate policy makers on important scientific issues and stress the need for continued research funding. This briefing highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical need to focus on its impact on the mental health of our nation’s healthcare workers involved in the response. It has been consistently shown that a high proportion of healthcare workers is at greater risk for developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS). Read more here.