Fire Walk with Me: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Pyromania

David Potik*, Yana Beitelman, Shaul Schreiber, Eric M. Plakun

*Corresponding author for this work

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Reports of destructive behavior by military personnel after demobilization have become more frequent; however, the pathways that might lead these individuals to commit such acts are not clear enough. This column presents the case of a retired soldier who reported the onset of pyromania after military service, and the relationship between dissociation and reenactment of the trauma is discussed. The main conclusions are that psychotherapy of traumatized patients should focus on helping them create a verbal representation of the trauma and that integrating ceremonies and rituals into treatment is a possible and significant option.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-239
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 5 May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • ceremony and rituals in treatment
  • dissociation
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • pyromania
  • reenactment of trauma


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