Greece: A therapist’s worst nightmare

19 December 2012
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Frankfurt

People eat food donated by the Greek church in central Athens on 17 October 2012
People eat food donated by the Greek church in central Athens on 17 October 2012

A German trauma therapist journeys to Greece. What he sees there surpasses his worst fears. Greek society is crumbling under the pressure of the crisis. Excerpts.

Trauma is Georg Pieper's business. Whenever a disaster hits Germany, the traumatologist is on the spot. Following the attacks in Oslo and Utøya, Pieper travelled to Norway and supervised his colleagues there. He knows what it means to look closely study and measure the scale of a disaster.

In October Pieper, spent a few days in Athens, where he gave continuing education courses for psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors on trauma therapy. Although he had prepared himself for some shocks, the reality was even worse than he had gloomily expected.

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