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Article: “I had these strange dreams.”

What kinds of memories or dreams do people have? It is very common for patients to have strange memories, dreams or hallucinations. They can seem very real...so real, that no matter how strange they are, patients are often unsure whether they happened or not. They can often be remembered in detail for some time afterwards. The dreams that people have can sometimes be very frightening, but sometimes pleasant or funny. Here are some examples of other people's dreams.We hope they helps...

Web Link: Blog from an ICU survivor (Louise)

This link will take you to Louise's blog site, which she regularly updates. Louise was admitted to the Intensive Care unit of Derriford Hospital, Plymouth in November, 2018. She spent 13 days in the Intensive Care Unit, due to a perforated oesophagus (gullet) and another 71 days in hospital before being discharged home to her family. Louise writes in a very authentic and compassionate way about her experiences of having ICU delirium (strange or distressing dreams or hallucinations) and...

Web Link: Delirium: a short film

This link will take you to a short YouTube video on COVID Intensive Care patients' experiences of ICU deliium. It's from colleagues in North America and it's around 10 minutes long. It includes short excerpts from patients and healthcare professionals.** Please be aware that this video contains images of people in ICU, and of their experiences of delirium. Some people may find this distressing**.

Article: Flashbacks

What are flashbacks? Flashbacks are vivid and frightening memories.They can be intrusive, which means that they pop into your mind completely out of nowhere (or are sometimes brought about by something that reminds you of a particular event, even if it was really a dream or hallucination) and can make you feel like you're reliving a particular experience. You may feel like you have little or no control over them. Is it common to have flashbacks? Patients often...

Web Link: Hallucinations in the ICU:a short video from former patients

This is a link to a short video in which 2 former patients talk about their strange memories of the ICU. Borrowed, with grateful thanks, from the INSPIRE (ICU) research team in NHS Glasgow & Greater Clyde.

Article: How long will I have these dreams and nightmares?

From what other people have told us, it seems that these memories, dreams and nightmares either gradually fade with time or that they were more able to ignore them with the passing of time. If they continue to trouble you, however e.g. if you continue to have upsetting flashbacks, anxiety attacks or problems sleeping, you should talk to your GP about the possibility of Post-Traumatic Stress. Your GP may ask you to fill in a questionnaire about how these memories, dreams or nightmares are...

Web Link: Mind: mental health charity

This link will take you to the mental health charity, Mind. On it, you'll find really helpful information on a wide range of mental health problems, information on drugs and therapies, tips for dealing with everyday life, and a wealth of information about where to find help (or help someone you care about). You can read about and watch short videos about other people's experiences. There is also a helpline, which is available from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank...

Web Link: Post traumatic stress-treatment options

This link will take you to the NHS Choices website and their pages on the assessment and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress.

Web Link: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after ICU: a guide for patients & families

This link will take you to the website of Psychology Tools, a resource that was developed by highly qualified psychologists in 2008. The developers have put together a guide on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that can be given to patients, and those close to them. Their guide helps explain symptoms of PTSD (e.g. frightening or unreal memories, "flashbacks" and changes in mood, etc), how patients and family members might be feeling, aspects of Intensive Care that can...

Document: Post-traumatic stress-a patient's story

This is a short article in the British Medical Journal.It was written by a former patient who was training to be a Doctor at the time when she became ill.