The speaker highlighted that individual people who witness terrorist attacks, security escalations, or serious traffic accidents experience a similar situation. According to him, most of these individuals will face 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 treatment. Professional therapeutic intervention can reduce the chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Still, when not professional, it can increase the chance of developing it. The speaker also mentioned that it is not always necessary to interfere with natural recovery processes.
The speaker noted that about a month and a half has passed since the events occurred, and those still experiencing symptoms at this stage are considered post-traumatic. Although it was challenging to estimate how many participants fell into this category, it was likely about ten percent of them. Additionally, many more individuals encounter difficult situations and struggle to overcome them, requiring treatment.
Regarding Israelis defined as post-traumatic, the professor estimated that the most conservative number would be around 30,000, although he believed the number would be much larger due to the lack of qualified professionals to treat such problems. Furthermore, he discussed the prolonged struggle expected in the next ten or twenty years and emphasized the need for new treatments to address this issue.
In conclusion, the professor stressed that new treatments are essential for survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder and emphasized that family members and friends need support during this time as well. He also highlighted that survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder can integrate into society’s workforce once they receive proper treatment and support. Finally, he emphasized reducing manpower shortages by creating new technologies for treating traumatic disorders.