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Stressful memories

Many people who have witnessed violence or who have suffered violence themselves will relive the experience in the form of memories, daydreams or nightmares. We also call these flashbacks. These flashbacks occur by themselves. They are often accompanied by extremely distressing images, smells or physical sensations. People who suffer from this feel that they are no longer in control. They feel helplessly exposed to these flashbacks. This may cause them to lose self-confidence. They often become isolated and rarely leave the rooms where they feel safe. They become increasingly lonely, anxious and desperate. In the beginning, this may be a logical and normal reaction to extreme distress. Children and adolescents in particular often relive the experience in nightmares. In order to be able to process what you have experienced, it is important to consciously process flashbacks.


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