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Experiencing and coping with psychological trauma

Manca Bizjak (2012) Experiencing and coping with psychological trauma. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The emphasis of this diploma thesis is on experiencing and coping with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological trauma can do a lot of harm to a person and can have physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral effects. If traumatic event is too intense, it can lead to a posttraumatic stress disorder which can have negative impact on every aspect of person's life. Therefore it is crucial that they search for help and start a new life. The aim of this diploma thesis is to present and to research on posttraumatic stress disorder through findings from experts who work with people with posttraumatic stress disorder. I have used a qualitative research method with interview technique. I have gathered my results through interviews with three experts of different proffesions who work as psychotherapists. The analysis of results shows that people with posttraumatic stress disorder often have health problems and experience fear, anger, guilt and have trust issues. It is common that they have irational beliefs about themselves and about others. It is also common that they become involved in high-risk behaviours such as self-harm behavior, eating disorders and alcohol abuse. They come from dysfunctional families and as a result they develop feeling of unworthiness and sense of unbelongingness. Because they have fear of intimacy, they often isolate themselves. While strong resilience factors are social support and loving family, childhood trauma is a strong vulnerability factor. Good-quality therapeutic relationship helps them the most in therapy. They can help themselves by doing relaxation exercises and focusing on the present. Experts notice posttraumatic growth in people with posttraumatic stress disorder which refers to a new quality of life, accepting life as it is and changes in values. Posttraumatic stress disorder is very complex and it helps to understand several other trauma consequences. It gives notice that those types of behavior which people generally see in a negative light are actually a cry for help.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: psychological trauma, traumatic event, consequences of trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder
    Number of Pages: 136
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Olga Poljšak ŠkrabanMentor
    asist. dr. Simona ProsenComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9442377)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1140
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 15:52
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 16:40
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1140

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