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After the ICU

What is Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)?

After the ICU, patients can have long-lasting problems with thinking, doing normal activities and emotional well-being. This group of symptoms is known as “Post Intensive Care Syndrome” or “PICS.”

Cognitive Dysfunction (problems with thinking)

  • Memory loss or forgetfulness
  • Trouble with concentration or paying attention

Psychosocial Dysfunction (emotional or relationship problems)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or flashbacks
  • Worry or anxiety
  • Depression or sadness

Physical Dysfunction (weakness or poor coordination)

  • ICU Acquired Weakness 



Although there is no single “cure” for PICS, the symptoms can be treated. Usually, this is done with physical therapy, cognitive therapy and psychiatric care or counseling. One of the best ways to get this care, is through an ICU Recovery Clinic.