Attacks: “It’s not too late to take care of post-traumatic disorders”

The psychiatrist Thierry Baubet, co-director of the National Center for Resilience and Resilience, describes the psychic suffering that can be reactivated during the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015. And details the means to deal with it.

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For several weeks, and until early at the end of October, the Assize Court of the Paris Court of Appeal will hear the testimony of hundreds of traumatized people, injured, close to victims died during the attacks of 13 November 2015 at the Stade de France, on the terraces of 10 e and 11 e Arrondissements of Paris, and in Bataclan. No less than 350 victims of some 2,000 civilian parts have or will testify at the horror bar of these broken lives. Thus Gaëlle, who “works to transform [his] handicaps into force and advance as [she can]”: “I have no choice,” she says. From Pierre-Sylvain, who talks about this trial that becomes “a collective story”. Of Maya, rescued from the chime: “I rebuilt myself, but what I would like now is to live … It’s been a year since I’m waiting for this trial, I’m waiting to turn this page, not to be in Reconstruction, but simply in life. “And so many others, whose lives before remained on these places forever.

Professor Thierry Baubet, CoDirector of the National Center for Resilience and Resilience, Head of Psychiatry at Avicenne Hospital (AP-HP) in Bobigny (93), explains the psychic consequences of such a drama.

The testimonies of victims, during these days of trial, can they revive the memories of the trauma and the disorders of post-traumatic stress, many of which still suffer?

Yes, inevitably, this increases the traumatic revision – which confront to death. The effect depends on each one, it is very variable depending on where people with their trauma are. Some still have post-traumatic disorders and are not doing well today today, others see their state worsen when hearing these testimonies.

Among the important symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder [TSPT] are the reviscences, which are the return of images, perceptions, sounds, smells, sensations … People feel the smell again blood, hear the Kalashnikovs again … every time it is repeated – sometimes several times in the day – it produces the same distress as when the event occurred, even five years or ten after if people do not are not neat. It’s invasive.

The avoidance is another important symptom of TSPT. The person does everything to avoid what could remind him of this traumatic memory, bring him back. However, during the trial, people are facing sometimes very raw to the testimonies of others, to the recordings, to the photos of the crime scenes. For those who have chimney, who go better, it will produce important distress moments in a transient way. On the other hand, for those who always have a strong TSPT, plunging into these traumatic memories can further aggravate their condition.

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