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Name of Media:

Making an Emotional Recovery Together In the COVID-19 ICU


Ethan Lester, Ph.D.

Publisher or Source:

Psychology Today

Type of Media:

Magazine Article

Media Originally for:

General Public,General Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United States of America (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



This post is Part 2 of a series on ICU trauma and how to cope.
Read Part 1 here: The Psychological Trauma of Having a Loved One in the ICU, by Maureen O'Reilly-Landry, Ph.D.
Read Part 3 here: Managing Emotional Distress in the Hospital and ICU by Ethan Lester, Ph.D.
Read Part 4 here: What Can I Do if My Family Member is in the COVID ICU? by Irina Wen, Ph.D.
This post describes a program created prior to COVID that has been helping ICU patients and their families to cope.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are often serious and can produce lasting physical and psychological impact. For those patients hospitalized, more than half of them require assistance with oxygen due to difficulties breathing, and those who continue to decline require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU).
Critical care hospitalizations are known to produce heightened emotional distress (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress) in both patients and families (described as post-intensive care syndrome); and may persist long after ICU discharge.

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