The speaker discussed the challenges faced by individuals who have witnessed terrorist attacks, security escalations, or serious traffic accidents. Despite the similarities between these situations, most people manage to recover without professional therapeutic intervention. However, the majority of those who experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may develop it in the long run if not treated professionally.
According to the speaker, it is not always necessary to interfere with the natural recovery process, but when treatment is required, professional intervention can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. However, when not done professionally, it can increase the chances of developing it.
The professor stated that about a month and a half has passed since the events occurred, and those still experiencing symptoms are considered post-traumatic. However, he pointed out that estimating the percentage of participants falling into this category is difficult. Nonetheless, many individuals encounter difficult situations and require treatment.
The number of Israelis defined as post-traumatic was estimated by the professor to be around 30,000. However, he expected this number to be much larger due to a lack of qualified professionals available for treatment. The professor also discussed the need for new technologies and treatments to help family members and friends requiring support and integrate survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder into the labor market while reducing manpower shortages in years to come.
Overall, the speaker emphasized that new treatments are essential for reducing shortages of manpower while helping those who have experienced trauma recover fully.