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Posted by: Jenna Mae | 2011/09/13

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Good morning Doc

In your opinion, when a person went through a traumatic event (example: being robbed), would it be wise to take the person to the place of the happening within 4 days without having received professional help? What are the chances of the person becoming more traumatised without received professional help?

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I'm not sure what would be the point of taking the person to the scene of the crime, unless it is part of a competent police investigation, and the person is needed there to point out and describe just what happened. On its own it wouldn;t be beneficial, and could be upsetting.
On the other hand, excesive avoiding of the place or places like it, can become part of the problem.
Most people respond to a trauma like a robbery by being upset for a few days, and then settle down without lasting signs of damage. and there is NO good evidence that the sort of "trauma counselling" some people naively sell, is of any actual benefit, except where there are very severe signs of distress, in which case they should see a proper psychiatrist for a proper assessment, and a discussion of real treatment options.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011/09/13

I'm not sure what would be the point of taking the person to the scene of the crime, unless it is part of a competent police investigation, and the person is needed there to point out and describe just what happened. On its own it wouldn;t be beneficial, and could be upsetting.
On the other hand, excesive avoiding of the place or places like it, can become part of the problem.
Most people respond to a trauma like a robbery by being upset for a few days, and then settle down without lasting signs of damage. and there is NO good evidence that the sort of "trauma counselling" some people naively sell, is of any actual benefit, except where there are very severe signs of distress, in which case they should see a proper psychiatrist for a proper assessment, and a discussion of real treatment options.

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