According to the speaker, individuals who witness terrorist attacks, security escalations, or serious traffic accidents face a similar situation. The vast majority 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 reorganize their lives and stop experiencing these symptoms without the need for treatment.
The professor estimated that about a month and a half has passed since the difficult events. At this stage, those still experiencing symptoms are defined as post-traumatic. It was difficult to estimate what percentage of the participants falls into this category, but it was likely about ten percent of them. Alongside them, many more individuals encounter difficult situations and have difficulty overcoming them, needing treatment.
The number of Israelis defined as post-traumatic was estimated by the professor to be around 30,000. However, he believed that this number would likely be much larger due to the lack of qualified professionals to treat such problems. The professor also talked about the prolonged struggle expected in the next ten or twenty years and the need to develop new treatments that can help survivors with post-traumatic stress integrate into society while reducing manpower shortages.
In conclusion, new treatments are essential for helping family members and friends requiring treatment and support while reducing manpower shortages. The development of new technologies may also play a significant role in addressing these issues in the coming years.