PTSD from surgery/hospitalization
Did you know that it is possible for surgery and hospitalization to trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or several symptoms of it during the year following surgery?
The condition is underdiagnosed because many surgeons do not recognize the symptoms and fail to refer patients for psychiatric evaluation. While people are familiar with PTSD in soldiers and others who suffer exposure to trauma, it is possible for patients who have life threatening diagnoses and surgery, or are traumatized during their extended post-surgical hospital stays to develop PTSD.
I have noticed that several people who post here have suffered severe traumatic experiences with doctors or hospitals and was wondering if anyone has considered that they are suffering from PTSD. There are a number of self-tests online to help you consider whether or not you could be suffering from PTSD. It can also be triggered by lengthy legal proceedings, a double whammy for some patients who are subject to the trauma of a court case in addition to trauma resulting from surgical mistakes, or even a bad experience at the hands of nursing staff when in such a vulnerable position.
Would anyone care to share if they or someone they know was doiagnosed with PTSD post-surgery? What were the circumstances? What were the symptoms? How is it treated?