head JofIMAB
Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2018, vol. 24, issue1
Subject Area: Medicine
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2018241.1957
Published online: 28 March 2018

Original article

J of IMAB. 2018 Jan-Mar;24(1):1957-1959
Desislava Todorova1ORCID logo Corresponding Autoremail, Tsvetomir Dimitrov2ORCID logo, Tsvetelina Mihaylova3ORCID logo,
1) Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
2) Department of Health Care, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
3) Department of Medical Pedagogy, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

The disaster situations have become more and more frequent for the last decade, and they have intensified the manifestation of fragmentation of the modern society, bringing about a sense of helplessness. In those conditions, the art therapeutic groups provide a sense of connection with the other people and interpersonal support. The aim of the current study is an examination of the way, by which the brain and body react to events causing an acute stress reaction. Assessment of art therapy applicability and helpfulness is done in connection with disaster situations, and comparative analysis of the main approaches and methods, used in practice of work with people who had suffered traumatic events. The results of the study show that the new type of art therapists may disclose an emotional problem, related to trauma sustained, that the client cannot cope with on his/her own. The focus - in connection with the choice of method - is concentrated on the therapeutic needs of the person. In terms of the particular individual, the different methods of art therapy create a medium for the achievement of alleviation from insurmountable emotions or traumas. In social terms, the latter methods help to be achieved an increase of the sense for social adaptation of people from all ages, and of whole families. In conclusion, it may be stated, that the use of different forms of support after disaster situations, has major significance for recovery and maintenance of the physical, emotional, and mental health of the population.

Keywords: disaster situations, posttraumatic stress, art therapy, support,

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Please cite this article in PubMed Style or AMA (American Medical Association) Style:
Todorova D, Dimitrov Ts, Mihaylova Ts. Approaches and Methods for Overcoming of Posttraumatic Stress in Connection with Disaster Situations. J of IMAB. 2018 Jan-Mar;24(1):1957-1959.
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2018241.1957

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Assoc. Prof. Dr Desislava Todorova, MD, Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Sofia; 8, Bialo more Str., 1527 Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail: d.todorova.dm@gmail.com,

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Received: 11 December 2017
Published online: 28 March 2018

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