The speaker emphasized the similarities between individuals who witness terrorist attacks, security escalations, or serious traffic accidents and their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder. He stated that at least 80% of those who experience such events will experience difficult symptoms 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.
Professional therapeutic intervention can reduce the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Still, when not done professionally, it can increase the chances of developing it. The speaker also noted that interfering with natural recovery processes may not always be worth it.
The professor discussed that about a month and a half has passed since the traumatic events, and those still experiencing symptoms at this stage are considered post-traumatic. It was challenging to estimate how many participants fell into this category; however, it was likely around ten percent of them. The professor also mentioned that there is a shortage of qualified professionals to treat such problems in Israel. He estimated that approximately 30,000 Israelis are defined as post-traumatic but expected the number to be much larger.
The professor concluded by emphasizing the importance of new treatments for survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder and supporting family members and friends needing treatment and care. He also stressed the need to help integrate these survivors into the labor market to reduce manpower shortages in Israel, which he believed would take years to address through technological advancements and prolonged struggles.