Background ― Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
In Germany there is a high number of young people who are affected by traumatising events such as sexual or domestic abuse, bullying, accidents or serious illnesses from an early age. They suffer from flashbacks and panic attacks, relive parts of the traumatising event and are exposed to extreme physical reactions that are difficult to control.
In contrast to pharmacotherapeutic treatment, for which there is insufficient evidence of efficacy, behavioral interventions such as Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Tf-CBT) are empirically well established for the treatment of children and teenagers. The basis for successful therapy is the therapeutic relationship and the creation of a familiar and safe environment.
The crux of everyday life
Teenagers suffering from PTSD are most often exposed to emotionally stressful situations between therapy sessions. In order to get out of such situations on their own, they need to acquire strategies within the therapy session that can help them in an emergency and implement them responsibly in everyday life.