The speaker highlighted that individuals who have witnessed terrorist attacks, security escalations or serious traffic accidents often face similar situations. He emphasized that the majority of these people, at least 80%, will experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress in the hours, days, and even the first month or two after the event. However, most of them are able to move on and stop experiencing these symptoms without requiring any treatment. Professional therapeutic intervention can reduce the likelihood of developing post-traumatic stress disorder; however, if not done correctly, it can increase the chance of developing it. The speaker also mentioned that it is generally not advisable to interfere with the natural recovery process.
Around one month and a half has passed since the traumatic events occurred, and those still experiencing symptoms at this stage are classified as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It was difficult to determine what percentage of participants fell into this category, but it was estimated to be around 10%. Many more individuals have encountered difficult situations and struggled to overcome them, requiring treatment.
The professor estimated that there were around 30,000 Israelis suffering from PTSD following the traumatic events. However, he believed that this number was likely much higher due to a shortage of qualified professionals to treat such conditions. The professor also discussed the challenges ahead in dealing with PTSD over the next ten or twenty years and highlighted the need for new technological treatments to help survivors integrate into society and reduce the shortage of manpower in Israel’s workforce. The professor concluded by emphasizing the importance of addressing PTSD in Israel’s mental health system and providing support for family members and friends affected by trauma.