suffered from a severe psychological trauma
twelve-year child lost her twenty-eight years sister during the last aggression
on the Gaza Strip in the discriminate shelling that targeted the Eastern part
of the Strip. The child suffered from a severe psychological trauma as she
could not believe what happened. After the aggression ended, the mother
brought her child to the clinic as she noticed that her daughter had some
psychological changes that reflected on her behavior inside and outside the
school. The child felt of grievous sadness, shyness and isolation; she refused
to socialize with her family and friends in the school. She became very nervous
with her younger sisters, and sometimes she was beating them. The child
suffered from nightmares, related to the death of her sister. Consequently, the
child refused being in contact with her nieces as she was feeling anxious and
stressed when she saw and talked them. With regard to the school, as
continuously recalled the incident, she stared most of time and suffered from
lack of concentration that lowered her academic achievement significantly.
she firstly started dealing with the psychologist, the child was scared and
anxious; she refused to express the traumatic incident she was exposed to.
However, after several sessions took place, the child began to positively
respond to the psychologist and express her fears and feelings. The
psychologist assured her that she is in a safe place and that she will help her
to overcome all changes and symptoms and return to her normal life. Also, she
responded to the therapeutic sessions after the psychologist stressed the privacy
and security principles of the place and that what she suffered from is a
normal reaction to the incident.
After being targeted to more
than one psychological and behavioral therapy session, which focused on
overcoming the symptoms and on how to relax and deeply breathe, the child began
to overcome the psychological symptoms significantly. The relationship of the
child with her sisters and friends became better and she started participating
in the group activities and sports in the school. Consequently, her academic
achievement got improved dramatically.