Critical Illness Intensive Care And Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This is a free guide designed for people who have spent time in an intensive care unit and are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It discusses how they might be feeling, why serious medical experiences can cause these difficult reactions, and the most effective psychological treatments.
DescriptionAs a result of the current global health crisis, many more people than usual are having serious medical experiences. These include admissions to hospital with breathing difficulties, or transfers to critical care (intensive care) units. A significant proportion of these people will go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This guide is for:
- People who have survived a frightening medical experience, such as being admitted to critical care (intensive care).
- People who have been hospitalized with severe medical problems related to COVID-19.
- Their family and friends.
- Mental health and medical professionals who want to understand more about how to help.
- How you might feel after spending time in intensive care.
- Psychoeducation about PTSD.
- Things about intensive care that can contribute to the development of PTSD.
- Information about delirium.
- Psychological approaches to treating PTSD.
- Signposting to evidence-based treatment.
- Information for mental health professionals working with patients who have PTSD following admission to intensive care.