Confronting these scenarios constitutes a psychological strain for the people involved. In adverse conditions this becomes a chronic impairment: the person exposed to these situations develops persistent symptoms of anxiety disorder or post traumatic stress disorder.
Scientific studies show that the media presentation of extreme events does not correspond to reality. It is often suggested that every witness of an extreme experience was immediately severely traumatised and that this also remains with the witness for a long time. The reality is that in the case of most people symptoms of an acute stress disorder such as sleep disorders, nightmares, nervousness and panic attacks are to be expected. These should be seen as normal reactions to an extreme experience which serve to process and overcome the experience. Most people can process the experiences by activating individual methods of coping e.g. support in the environment. Only the combination of factors specific to the situation plus personal attributes will determine whether a person is in a risk group and will develop a chronic disorder after an extreme situation.
Riskworkers GmbH offers professional psychological crisis management. The risk group will be promptly identified by using a situation analysis. These people will then be offered professional treatment.
The service offered by Riskworkers GmbH both as preparation for and follow-up to extreme events includes the following components:
- The analysis of specific risk configurations and the development of a customised care and support concept for various threat scenarios
- Psychological education, crisis intervention and the targeted activation of individual recovery resources for the avoidance of chronic disorders
- Referral of the persons concerned to qualified psychotherapists specialising in psychotraumatology following extreme event configurations
- Access to a network of qualified emergency psychologists and therapists in the event of an extreme event involving a large number of people needing treatment
- Awareness training courses for occupational groups likely to be affected