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A trauma expert predicts: tens of thousands will suffer from post-traumatic stress after the war


Nov 20, 2023

The psychologist emphasized that people who witness terrorist attacks, security escalations or serious traffic accidents face a similar situation. He stated that at least 80% of these individuals will experience difficult symptoms of post-traumatic stress in the hours, days, and even the first month or two after the event. However, most of them manage to reorganize their lives and stop experiencing these symptoms without the need for treatment. In some cases, therapeutic intervention can reduce the chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, but if it is not professional, it can increase the chance of it. In general, it is not always worthwhile to interfere with the natural recovery processes.

The professor mentioned that a month and a half had already passed and that those who still experienced symptoms at that stage are defined as post-traumatic. About 10% of these individuals will have difficulty overcoming and will need treatment.

He was asked about the estimation of how many Israelis will be defined as post-traumatic after the war. He estimated that approximately 30,000 Israelis would be defined as post-traumatic, but the number is expected to be much larger.

The professor concluded by saying that along with the tens of thousands of Israelis who will be defined as post-traumatic, there are also their family members and friends who will sometimes need treatment and assistance. He stated that even if large budgets are allocated, it will take years to reduce the shortage of manpower. He also mentioned the need for new treatments, possibly technological ones, and the capacity for survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress to integrate into the labor market.

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