Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Burn Injury

J. F.Aili Low, Walter J. Meyer, Mimmie Willebrand, Christopher R. Thomas

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Psychiatric problems frequently occur during burn treatment and can complicate recovery. In addition, preexisting psychiatric disorders are often present and sometimes will have contributed to the burn injury. Pain, itching, and stress during burn recovery can complicate treatment and recovery. It is therefore essential that members of the burn treatment team recognize, assess, and treat psychiatric problems in patients with burn injury. More severe psychiatric disorders in patients may result from the injury and treatment, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. It is useful to have mental health professionals as part of the treatment team. Quick detection and treatment of psychiatric problems contribute to overall recovery and reduce complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTotal Burn Care, Fifth Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9780323476614
ISBN (Print)9780323497428
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • PTSD
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • psychiatric disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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