Should Intensive Care Unit Patients Get Psychotherapy After Discharge for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

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Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karachi, Pakistan.
Periodicity:January - March'2023
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jnur.12.4.19284

Abstract

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients should get psychotherapy consultations because most of the patients suffer from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after discharge, which leads to life-threatening conditions like flashbacks of the events which ultimately results in mood swings and depression. An ICU diary can be used as a form of psychotherapy that can be written by family members and staff everyday. This diary can help the patient during recovery and is useful in their rehabilitation. However, according to a survey on neurotic patients, psychotherapy may not always be effective and can sometimes lead to other problems. People who survive Intensive Care Units have the chance to develop Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), of which PTSD is also a component.

Keywords

Intensive Care Unit, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotherapy, ICU Diary, Patient's Discharge, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, Neurotic Patients.

How to Cite this Article?

Khan, K. (2023). Should Intensive Care Unit Patients Get Psychotherapy After Discharge for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? i-manager's Journal on Nursing, 12(4), 1-3. https://doi.org/10.26634/jnur.12.4.19284

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