Sharon Road/SouthPark
5203 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
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Selwyn Avenue/Myers Park
3009 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28209
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(704) 554-9900

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Healthcare Workers

Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers, from administrators to the janitorial and clerical staffs, served our community with courage and skill during the Covid-19 pandemic. Often the only person in the room when COVID patients took their last breaths, our healthcare workers endured more deaths and stressful patient crises than they usually would confront, even in ERs or ICUs.

Researchers have found that a considerable proportion of healthcare workers experienced emotional distress during the pandemic. Further, the mental health effects of providing pandemic health care will extend for many months and even years beyond the winding down of Covid-19. Even if a healthcare worker recognizes anxiety, depression, sleep problems, or other symptoms, they may not at first connect their distress with their work during Covid.

Presby Psych offers pro-bono and financially assisted counseling and psychotherapy to Charlotte area healthcare workers. As a trauma-informed organization, we are sensitive to stress-related disorders and are able to listen to distressing stories without fear or excessive curiosity.

Sessions with health care personnel are confidential. We do not report information about our healthcare clients to their healthcare organizations or practices.

Call us at 704-554-9900 to arrange a consultation.

healthcare workers
Who do we see:
  • Administrators
  • Certified nursing assistants
  • Chaplains
  • Clerical staff
  • Doctors
  • Janitorial staff
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Supervisors
Sources of pandemic stress:
  • Anger at individuals who refused to follow public health guidelines
  • Fear of transmitting Covid-19 to family members
  • Frustration with family, friends or colleagues who denied the existence or severity of the virus
  • Illness and death of family members, colleagues, friends
  • Lack of emotional support from supervisors or administrators
  • Long shifts wearing cumbersome and uncomfortable PPE
  • Personal risk of infection
  • Personal isolation from families and friends
  • PPE shortages
  • Shortages of medical supplies and equipment
  • Witnessing more deaths than usual
Mental health reactions to COVID-19 healthcare work.
  • Anxiety
  • Burn out
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Emotional numbness
  • Exaggerated guilt or shame
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Increased alcohol, drug or food consumption
  • Irritability, angry outbursts, aggressive behavior
  • Isolating
  • Lack of interest in activities that used to provide pleasure
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Negative thoughts about people, medicine, society
  • Nightmares, recurring dreams, flashbacks
  • Physical symptoms
  • Reckless or aggressive behavior
  • Reliving in memory job-related traumatic incidents or events
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal thoughts or intent
  • Volatile emotional states
All Presby Psych clinicians are available to healthcare workers.