Susan, USA

October 9, 2011

I’m a 56 year old female. Nurse for the past 28 years. Have always been interested in the Israeli regions/culture. I was also married for 35 years to a soldier in the VietNam war in this country.

Do soldiers in your country suffer with Post Traumatic stress disorders and in what way(s)?

Have you had any problems from your own time spent in military services?

Susan,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and get in contact with me.

In answer to your first question I cannot give you an accurate answer because I have yet to see a report from the Government, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Health or IDF that describes specific cases and how it presents itself.  There have been many cases reported about in Israeli news sources and films have been made by Israeli artists, such as Waltz with Bashir.  Like every country that has active duty soldiers that see front line combat there are cases of people who are not able to handle it and come out with PTSD I believe.  On the same token I have yet to see a news report of some one who has returned from active duty and completely lost it to the point where they have attacked and killed loved ones as was seen in the States.

As far as myself personally, I would not say that I suffer from PTSD in the sense that it is debilitating and controlling my life.  I think that just like anyone who has gone through hard experiences such as war, some changes in the psyche.  I have the occasional nightmare and I do not like sitting with my back to a door/open space where I cannot see what comes up behind me but I lead a completely normal healthy life as a functioning member of society.  This project has actually helped me with the frequency of my nightmares, since I have started talking about my experiences and putting them in writing I have had less and less nightmares, I have also stopped talking in my sleep.

I hope I have answered your questions and if you would like to know more or have any further questions feel free to visit our archive or contact myself or one of the other volunteers again.

Jonah

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