Scientific interest in studying the consequences of the traumatic events in the people’s mental health has recently been rising. Large studies certify the appearance of mental disorders, similar to depression, on persons who have suffered of an intense, negative, stressful incentive.
Sociological studies of the post-traumatic stress disorder have identified the consequences coming from the disappearance of the protective networks of the wider family and the community.
Existential approach does not doubt over the possible painful consequences that could be caused by the mental health’s imbalance. It does not approve, though, the psychopathological consequences’ unilateral recording, without emphasizing the positive strengths that could possibly arise form the negative experiences’ therapeutic proccessing.
The main goal of the existential therapist is not to prove the significance of his presence, but to recognise and illustrate the strengths and abilities of the peolple who trust him. Exposure in shocking experiences related to death, poses difficult existential questions.
There are two possible paths in such crisis. Some collapse and get discouragged, while some others develop and mature. On time interventions, in Antistiksi, are invaluable in order to help a person find the “keys”, which will allow him to walk through this crisis, not faced as an ill person, but as a person who stands on a very important phase of his life.
The experience of pain creates an “antivirus” system for the rest of one’s life, while driving a person into realising his limits and become more modest. Then, the person learns how to distinguish the important from the insignificant. When people experience and take care of the others’ difficulties, they then learn how to treat their own pain and turn it into wisdom.