The speaker highlighted that individuals who have witnessed terrorist attacks, security escalations or serious traffic accidents, regardless of their background, can face similar challenges. He explained that the majority of these individuals, approximately 80%, will experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress in the aftermath of such events. However, most of them are able to recover on their own without the need for professional treatment.
However, the speaker also emphasized that it is essential to seek professional therapeutic intervention when needed to reduce the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. While it may seem tempting to interfere with natural recovery processes, it is not always advisable as it can increase the likelihood of developing PTSD.
The professor pointed out that around one month and a half has passed since the events occurred, and those still experiencing symptoms at this stage are considered post-traumatic. Although it is difficult to estimate precisely how many participants fall into this category, it is likely around ten percent.
Regarding Israelis defined as post-traumatic, the professor estimated a conservative number to be around 30,000. Still, he believed that the actual number would be much larger due to several factors such as the lack of qualified professionals available for treatment and societal stigma surrounding mental health issues. As such, there is an urgent need for new technological treatments and support systems for survivors with PTSD.