A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology mental-health medicine depression anxiety hospitals medical-care trauma health coronavirus patients social-isolation ptsd covid-19 social-distancing

What's the point of grief?

A bereavement counsellor on grief, loss and longing.

John Frederick Wilson, Honorary Research Fellow, Director of Bereavement Services Counselling & Mental Health Clinic, York St John University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution depression grief grieving evolutionary-biology trauma bereavement five-stages-of-grief

There’s a name for Trump playing down the threat and failing to take action against the virus: Institutional betrayal

Our government, suggest the authors, risks traumatizing its citizens with its failure to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Joan M. Cook, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  abuse  trauma  coronavirus  institutions  donald-trump  institutional-betrayal  institutional-abuse  2019-ncov  covid-19

Severe brain injuries: technology can tell what patients are thinking – here's what to consider before using it

By imagining a unique scenario to answer "yes" or "no" questions, this research could potentially be used to communicate with locked-in patients.

Mackenzie Graham, Research Fellow of Philosophy, University of Oxford • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  brain-injury  brain-damage  treatment  traumatic-brain-injury  fmri

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