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Psychological Help for the Injured Servicemen Experiencing Phantom Pains
Social Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 3, June 2020, Pages: 61-66
Received: Sep. 3, 2019; Accepted: Mar. 30, 2020; Published: Apr. 28, 2020
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Khmiliar Oleh Fedorovych, Department of Social Sciences, Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
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The article deals with the peculiarities of the functioning of the servicemen’s psyche, who have lost their limbs as a result of combat injury and are experiencing phantom pain. It was found out that the mental state of a serviceman, who has suffered a traumatic limb amputation, can be identified with a state of acute grief. The peculiarities of psychological help for the injured servicemen, combatants, experiencing phantom pains, were investigated. The consequences of staying in extreme situations were described. The fact of amputation leads to the collapse of all life prospects of a serviceman, a reassessment of one's self, a significant decrease in the level of harassment and often to the loss of the meaning of life. The problems faced by the servicemen after returning from the zone of anti-terrorist operation were revealed. Post-amputation phantom pain was reported in 69% of left-sided and 31% of right-sided amputations. It was found out, that the patient, who is feeling the amputated limb, continues to consider it a complete organ, but with pain. Presence of pain intensifies the feeling, that the lost limb was not damaged. Phantom pain is localised in a special form of expression - a symbol and is irradiating. The main directions of psychotherapy in the work with servicemen were outlined, examples of methods of the mirror therapy for overcoming phantom pains were given.
Phantom Pain, Injury, Mirror Therapy, Stress, Psychological Injury
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Khmiliar Oleh Fedorovych, Psychological Help for the Injured Servicemen Experiencing Phantom Pains, Social Sciences. Special Issue: Social Development . Vol. 9, No. 3, 2020, pp. 61-66. doi: 10.11648/
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