Mental Health Challenges Following COVID-19

May 20, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 21, 2020

MedPage Today explains how patients recovering from COVID-19 may have another uphill battle: coping with the consequences the disease places on mental health. This is particularly true for those who become the most sick and spend a majority of their time fighting the illness in ICU and intubation.

Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore discusses how these patients may experience “post-intensive care syndrome” (PICS) that could reveal itself as a combination of physical, cognitive, and mental health impairments following an ICU stay for a critical illness. PICS can greatly impact someone’s quality of life, affecting not only the patient, but their family and caregivers as well. She noted that even patients who were previously healthy prior to their ICU stay for COVID-19 or other critical illnesses are at risk after discharge.

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