Apr 12, 2021
Psychological Effects of COVID-19
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Podcast:  Psychological Effects of COVID-19

Evaluation and Credit:

Target Audience            

This activity is targeted toward primary care specialties.

Statement of Need

It is estimated that approximately 7-8% of the population suffers from PTSD at some point in their lives. Research shows that patients with PTSD symptoms are often undiagnosed in primary care, which is typically where these patients see health care providers for either co-morbidities or complaints that are manifested as a result of PTSD (anxiety, trouble sleeping, etc.). Research indicates that PCPs may lack the knowledge of common risk factors that indicate screening for PTSD; therefore this condition often goes undiagnosed and managed.  (Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, etc.) 


At the conclusion of this offering, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of the global pandemic on behavioral health.
  2. Review the biological responses of trauma.
Moderator John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA, DLFAPA Executive Medical Director Norton Behavioral Medicine



Mark Schirmer, Psy.D., HSP  Psychologist Norton Behavioral Health


Moderator, Speaker and Planner Disclosures 

The speaker, moderator and planners for this activity have no potential or actual conflicts of interest to disclose.  

Commercial Support 

There was no commercial support for this activity.

Physician Credits

American Medical Association



Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



Norton Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Date of Original Release |April 2021

Course Termination Date | April 2023

Contact Information | Center for Continuing Medical Education; (502) 446-5955 or  


Resources for Additional Study  

Prevalence and risk factors for acute posttraumatic stress disorder during the COVID-19 outbreak


Factors associated with depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptomatology during the COVID-19 pandemic: Clinical implications for U.S. young adult mental health


Anxiety and depression in COVID-19 survivors: Role of inflammatory and clinical predictors


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