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Name of Media:

'The worst days of my life': how Covid-19 patients can recover from ICU delirium


Dorothy Wade, Dr

Publisher or Source:

The Guardian

Type of Media:

Newspaper Article

Media Originally for:

General Public

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



“Last night the porters took me down to the basement in a supermarket trolley. I was met by hooded monks who stole my soul and turned me into a zombie. I woke up in my own coffin.”

“I heard the nurses whispering about me in the night behind the blue curtains. They are plotting to murder me and my baby, and I saw one of them take a gun from her handbag.”

“There was a wild animal rampaging through the marketplace in the hospital, attacking everyone until the police shot it.”

These are the terrifying or bizarre experiences I hear about daily as a psychologist working on the intensive care units (ICUs) and Covid-19 wards in a London hospital. The stories are hallucinations or delusions from ICU delirium, a syndrome caused by drugs, infections, lack of oxygen and other medical reasons. But to patients these visions are vividly and unarguably real.

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