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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.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 20, 2018

[The psychological preparation of Zala Special Rescue Team for operating during crises]

SZABÓ József, HORVÁTH Péter

[The experiences of interventions in disasters and crises of the last decade evidenced that in addition to the professional state forces specially equipped and mentally prepared volunteer and professional rescue groups were necessary operated. The goal of this article is to demonstrate the importance of psychological preparation for helpers and the risks of its hiatus during an intervention. The preparation of Zala Special Rescue Team is presented in our article along with its results. Authors’ review in connection with the rescue team members, their stress pressure, and the possible strategies was based on their long-term experience and relevant literature. ]