Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Civilians get traumatic symptoms too

The stress and anxiety caused by years of living under the rocket threat have left their mark on the children of Sderot. A study presented at a recent conference in Jerusalem revealed that 45% of the town's children under the age of six suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that this is expressed through developmental regression, sleeping disorders or aggression.
The data, which has been collected since 2003, also indicated that 41% of mothers and 33% of fathers are suffering from PTSD and often experience flashbacks from difficult experiences and avoid places that remind them of rocket attacks.

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