Traumatic events can strike anyone unprepared. From there, nothing is as it was before.
Traumatic events can strike anyone unprepared. From there, nothing is as it was before. Whether you have been a victim or witness of an accident that caused you to be near death, threatened with violence or even injured: such and similar events – whether childhood or just recently – put people in extreme positions Stress and exceed our coping possibilities.
The affected feel like crazy, because sometimes they have no conscious memories of the event more (dissociation), with certain triggers, so-called triggers such as noise, odors, etc., but they experience uncontrollably the same over-excitement, despair and helplessness as then (so-called intrusions and flashbacks). At the same time, the words are missing due to the blocking of the language center. As a consequence of traumatization, avoidance of possible triggering situations, social withdrawal, depression, various pain patterns, sleep problems and concentration disorders can occur.
The causative trigger of these “crazy” symptoms and reactions is the “crazy” traumatizing situation. The symptoms mentioned are – as an acute stress reaction until a few weeks after the event – normal reactions to an abnormal situation and in many cases resolve themselves. However, in some cases, especially prolonged or intense trauma, there is an increased risk that the symptoms will persist.
Here is the treatment with a special trauma therapy required. Informing the affected persons about trauma episodes as well as special techniques of distancing and calming enable a psychological stabilization. Special confrontation methods such as EMDR allow for direct treatment and overcoming the trauma. Thus, the previously split-off experiences can be integrated and used for a reorientation.
Our primary goal is to regain control over the psyche and the body, which can give up as very painful symptoms and thereby restore meaning and joy to life.