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Breaking it Down: Post Intensive Care Syndrome and Recovery – Emotions

Breaking it Down: Post Intensive Care Syndrome and Recovery – Emotions

The emotional aftermath of critical illness/injury is something that often catches people by surprise but can have a significant impact on daily life. People who have been critically ill/injured often describe difficulty with anxiety, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder such as nightmares, flashbacks, and insomnia.

The emotional disruption seen with PICS is complex and may stem from various causes. A history of anxiety and depression before critical illness/injury may be acutely exacerbated. Prior life trauma may place people more at risk for post-ICU PTSD symptoms. And the reality of how critical illness/injury has changed ones life – fatigue, pain, altered work/school performance, etc. – can catch people off guard, starting a cycle of anger, anxiety, and depression.

CriticalCare.news
September 8, 2018

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