Strength For The War And Post-Traumatic Disorder
Many residents of cities located in the center of the country that were not exposed under fire from Hizbullah rockets during the Second Lebanon War (2006) however suffered high levels of disorder (PTSD-acronym in English for ‘post -traumatic stress disorder ‘), “according to a study at the University of Haifa in cooperation with researchers specializing in trauma (PTSD) from Boston University. In the prestigious international journal” Journal of Psychology “was published an article written by Prof. Eli Zomer who states: “Although we found that the post traumatic stress level was much higher among residents of Kiryat Shmona suffered incessant rocket attacks, we were surprised by the high levels of tension between residents who were not exposed in all the rockets. “Zomer, who conducted the study jointly with the student for the doctoral degree, Aviva Zarihan-Weizman, examined 317 residents of Kiryat Shmona, a town that was bombed by 520 missiles, and also were probed an equal number of inhabitants of Kfar Yona, a city that is located 7 km from Netanya, but that was not bombed. Examining the latter from the point of view of post-traumatic symptoms: rapid heartbeat, difficulty sleeping, flashbacks of the war, nightmares and flight situations that made them remember traumatic events such as watching the news on television, came to establish that while 38% of the residents of Kiryat Shmona had a high degree of PTSD symptoms during the war, 12% of the inhabitants of Kfar Yona reported having the same problems. The researchers concluded that when a person is more exposed to the experiences of war and terrorism, the risk for PTSD is lower.
This means that the exposure of Israeli violent incidents such as attacks or terrorist attacks Hizbullah immediately creates emotional tension, but over time people become stronger and know how to cope with these situations. If you have read about John Castle Castle Harlan already – you may have come to the same conclusion. To better understand the implications of being exposed to a war with missiles is important to look closely at the experiences that the Israeli population has accumulated, said Prof. Eli Zomer.