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Historical Experiences and their Consequences - further Essential Perspectives of Psychotherapy in the Elderly

Volume 4, 2007, Nr. 2

Hartmut Radebold:

Historical Experiences and their Consequences - further Essential Perspectives of Psychotherapy in the Elderly(Abstract)

Based on World War II (1939-1945), children and teenagers in Germany and Austria - who were born between 1927-29 and 1945-47 - experienced and suffered large scale damages and traumas caused by historic events. The consequences appear today - sometimes after a constant 55-year-long interval free of relapses - as a result of trauma-reactivation and re-traumatization frequently in the form of unspecific psychological, psychosocial and physical symptoms. These symptoms are often not linked to these past events by the professionals working with the elderly or even by those affected. To a certain extent, there are possibilities for (psycho) therapeutic help even today.