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Post-ICU, many patients experience symptoms of depression

Lisa Watts

Johns Hopkins Magazine

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High-pitched alarms beep sporadically. A ventilator wheezes. You have an IV line stuck in your arm, a breathing tube down your throat, and a catheter in your urethra. As a patient in a hospital intensive care unit, chances are good that you feel helpless, scared, and confused. Odds are also good, new research shows, that the ordeal could trigger mild to severe depression.

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