What can you do?

  • Do not expect that traumatic memories and unpleasant feelings and emotions will quickly disappear - they usually disappear gradually over time, although there may be moments when you remember or reexperience them.
  • Trying to forget what happened, avoid people or situations reminiscent of an event, may help only briefly. Denial is a coping mechanism which is not effective in the long run.
  • Sometimes, you can't forget what happened – thoughts and images can come back no matter how much you try to forget about them. What you can try to achieve is a state in which these reminders will no longer be so dramatically painful. You can tell yourself: "It is my past, now I am safe, life goes on".
  • If you find it difficult to deal with memories, try to talk about your experiences. Perhaps, one trusted person or specialist (GP, psychologist, psychiatrist).
  • Avoid alcohol and other psychoactive substances – after consuming it, the memories that you wish to free yourself from may worsen.
  • If, despite the passage of time, nothing changes in your well-being, seek professional help.  You can also take advantage of professional help at any moment where you feel overwhelmed by all what has happened.
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The EMPOWER project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 848180