Dorothy Wade works as a chartered health psychologist in the Critical Care Unit at UCH. She is registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and has a PhD in psychology and health care evaluation from University College London. She is available to support patients, families and staff in Critical Care.
Post traumatic stress disorder is defined as a condition of:
- persistent mental and emotional stress
- occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock
- typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience
- with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.
and its something the critical care patient can experience after discharge from the department. Dorothy and I discuss many of the issues involved and some of the things we can do to help minimise this problem.
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