A NATION’S TRAUMA TACKLED HEAD ON

ByPAUL ALSTER
August 10, 2016 13:51

The Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War helps people come to terms with the ‘transparent injury’ of PTSD that so many don‘t even realize they have.




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CEO of NATAL Orly Gal. (photo credit:NATAL)

“IF A thermos flask falls on the floor and all the glass inside breaks, from the outside it still looks completely the same,” says Orly Gal, executive director of Natal, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. “You can never know what people are suffering and going through. We call it ‘the transparent injury’ because you cannot see it, and it’s often so hard for them to prove that they are suffering from post trauma.”

Prior to taking on her role at Natal 10 years ago, Gal had been deputy IDF spokesperson for 25 years and had worked closely with a number of chiefs of staff. She succinctly sums up the challenge faced by so many Israelis in admitting to themselves and those around them that they suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and need professional help.

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