Bon Secours launches a support group for people with persistent symptoms of COVID-19

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System announced on Thursday, June 24 that it has launched a new support group that will help patients with persistent disorders COVID-19[female[feminine symptoms.

“It is well documented that viruses like COVID-19 can cause a constellation of symptoms in people after overcoming the viral infection. These symptoms frequently involve the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal system, joints and, of course, the brain,” explained Bon Secours psychiatrist and director of behavioral health, Dr. Carson Felkel. “What we mainly see from post-acute COVID are the brain symptoms – headaches, depression, anxiety and fatigue, etc.”

About a third of patients with COVID-19 will develop these neurological symptoms while struggling with mental health issues.

To meet the need, Bon Secours created the first post-COVID syndrome support group in Upstate.

The health system will have a therapist assigned to each group who will prepare patients to deal with their emotions caused by the persistent symptoms. Groups will be between six and eight people.

There will be two meetings at different times each week – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and at noon on Friday. The meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. Once you have received a doctor’s referral, you can arrange to register in person or online.

“As a group, you will see that you are not alone. More people are suffering like you are suffering. That’s the beauty of the group,” said therapist Marta Carvalhal. “We’ll cover the physiology of anxiety and depression and teach you how to regain control of your body and mind.”

Virginia S. Braud