The speaker highlighted that even individuals who witness terrorist attacks, security escalations, or severe traffic accidents face a similar situation. According to him, most 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 overcome their symptoms without requiring professional therapeutic intervention.
Professional therapeutic intervention can significantly reduce the chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Still, when not done professionally, it can increase the likelihood of developing it. The speaker also emphasized that interfering with natural recovery processes is not always necessary.
The professor discussed that about one month and a half had passed since the challenging events, and those still experiencing symptoms at this stage were defined as post-traumatic. While it was challenging to estimate the percentage of participants who fell into this category accurately, it was likely about ten percent of them. Alongside them, many more individuals encountered difficult situations and had difficulty overcoming them, needing treatment.
Regarding Israelis defined as post-traumatic, the professor estimated the most conservative number to be around 30,000 but expected it to be much larger due to a lack of qualified professionals to treat such problems. He also talked about the prolonged struggle expected in the next ten or twenty years and the need to develop new technological treatments for PTSD survivors.
The professor concluded by emphasizing the importance of new treatments for PTSD survivors and supporting family members and friends who need treatment and support. He believed that survivors with PTSD could integrate into society’s workforce once they received proper care and that reducing manpower shortages would take years through developing new treatments and dealing with a prolonged struggle.
Overall, while some individuals may require professional therapy for their symptoms after experiencing challenging events like terrorist attacks or accidents, most people are capable of managing their symptoms naturally without treatment’s need. It is essential for governments and healthcare providers to prioritize mental health care for those affected by these events by providing access to qualified professionals who can help alleviate their symptoms effectively.
In conclusion, PTSD can affect anyone who witnesses traumatic events such as terrorist attacks or severe accidents. However, with proper care and support from family members and friends or professional therapists, survivors can overcome these challenges successfully without interfering with their natural recovery processes.
As such, governments should prioritize mental health care for those affected by traumatic events by investing in research on new technological treatments for PTSD survivors. They should also provide easy access to qualified therapists who can help alleviate their symptoms effectively without exacerbating their condition further.
Moreover, family members and friends must support those affected by traumatic events by providing emotional support during their recovery process without imposing pressure on them too soon or too quickly.