Dealing with trauma

Owing to years of war and terror, a large percentage of Israel's population suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. One organization is trying to do something about it and assist those in need.

By MARINA CHOIKHET
October 4, 2012 10:39
Kassam rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip

Kassam rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip 521. (photo credit: Nikola Solic / Reuters)

 
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Ever since the establishment of the Jewish state, Israeli society has been contending with an unsettled struggle for its existence – fighting wars and ongoing terrorism.

After a terror attack or the end of a war, most people breath a sigh of relief and gradually return to their daily lives. A significant number of others, among them senior citizens, teenagers and children, remain traumatized. Their recollections of flying bombs and exploding Kassam rockets shatters both their physical and emotional wellbeing. Their feeling of personal security is severely damaged, resulting in fear, trauma and bitter disappointment with regard to the state’s ability to protect its citizens. Like open wounds, each flashback reinforces difficult memories, affecting all aspects of the person’s life.

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