Volume 55, Number 4, October-December 2020
|Page(s)||283 - 290|
|Published online||20 January 2021|
Coming to terms with Fukushima disaster-related trauma and earlier trauma by constructing a new identity. About a case
Department of Psychiatry, Hori Mental Clinic,
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 26 November 2020
The incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety generally increases after disasters, and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear power plant accident were no exception. Psychological first aid providers who deliver interventions to address mental health issues do not emphasize psychiatric expertise, but instead go into the field to help residents rebuild and stabilize their daily lives and provide a link between them and supporters. When psychiatric problems do not improve with such interventions and persist for more than a few years, specialized psychiatric interventions are considered. Past studies have examined the experience of prolonged exposure therapy (a specialized cognitive behavioral therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder) among survivors of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. The participant in this study was a survivor who was evacuated from the nuclear power plant accident but had experienced multiple traumas and had been a victim of domestic violence before the disaster. Recovery in this case did not involve a simple psychiatric treatment for trauma, but rather a process of overcoming the values that caused indulgence in victimization to form a new identity.
Key words: dwelling / health impact / nuclear accident / professional ethics / treatment
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