War trauma and self-help
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Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Submission date: 2019-11-12
Final revision date: 2020-01-07
Acceptance date: 2020-01-16
Online publication date: 2020-03-21
Publication date: 2020-03-21
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Przemysław Piotrowski   

Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Arch Psych Psych 2020;22(1):12-21
This study is an attempt to analyze the frontline soldier Farouk’s drawings, inscriptions that accompany them and his poem entitled “In the time of war” as a form of mental self-help. Farouk's sketches have a surreal and/or more or less abstract character. Farouk's drawings can be treated as a specific attempt to deal with trauma of war. We suggest that the level of abstractness of his drawings indicates the depth of trauma and decreases with the return to mental health and ability to verbalize experiences. We think that enhancing patients to express their traumatic experiences in the form of drawings with comments can be a useful tool of diagnosis and therapy. It can be also a helpful way of autotherapy when the possibility of professionals’ assistance is limited.
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