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Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 10, 2019

[Why did I survived? Treatment of acute stress reaction after a road accident]

SZABÓ József, SIPOS Mária

[INTRODUCTION - Survivors and witnesses of traffic accidents often experience an acute stress reaction. Immediate or at least fast psychological support, relieving the subjective suffering is very important in the respect of preventing psychological crisis, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression and the associated increasing risk of suicide. CASE REPORT - We present the case of a 27-year-old male patient who was the victim of a traffic accident and was partly responsible for it. He lost his mother in the accident, his sister was injured, and there was a casualty in the other affected car. He applied for a psychiatric appointment one week after the accident. He complained of insomnia, loss of appetite, sadness, weakness, anxiety. The treatment consisted of low-dose anxiolytic therapy, recommended in case of need, and a psychological support via acute stress protocol (G-tep) of EMDR therapy. Both short-term feedback from his family doctor and psychiatry outpatient follow-up after three weeks showed significant symptomatic improvement. CONCLUSIONS - In the last one and a half year, he has not applied for psychiatrical treatment. According his general practitioner there were no new psychological problems during this time. Our work has been successful in terms of immediate relief of suffering and prevention of psychological crisis and PTSD.]