July 02, 2018

3 reasons the IDF has the lowest PTSD rates in the Western world

Tanveer AhmedRebel Commentator

As a psychiatrist, I was interested to learn that veterans of Israel's armed forces, the IDF, have the lowest rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the Western world's military.

There are three key reasons for this...

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commented 2018-07-02 23:13:12 -0400
I’m just not sure what to make of all this PTSD stuff.

My Dad, along with his bother and many cousins were all WWII combat vets. They were all volunteers who enlisted of their own free will and were fully aware of what they were getting into. And all of the other veterans I met over the years at the local Legion were in the same boat.

Now, some of them drank too much, and a very, very few ended up on skid row. But I never met one WWII or Korean Veteran who felt that his Country owed him any more than the terms of his enlistment.

So I’m puzzled as hell and worried about this PTSD epidemic that has struck the CAF. I can only hope that the recruiting branches of the CAF do everything they can to identify and screen out those candidates who are prone to this disorder. Otherwise, the ever-increasing claims upon the state for individual veteran compensation cannot help but drain the resources that the taxpayers contribute for defence and general security.
commented 2018-07-02 18:50:21 -0400
Immanuel Legomosky, your input is appreciated.
Glenn, I see your point. Now that you mention it, having to be very careful with specific and restrictive rules of engagement would be stressful.
commented 2018-07-02 17:05:38 -0400
I have another theory about PTSD Dr Ahmed…and I am rather surprised that this has not occurred to others…..PTSD is not caused by the horrors of war…it is caused by frustration with bureaucracy. Killing does not induce stress…it relieves stress…that’s why soldiers do it. It is those who you must refrain from killing that really stresses you out. It is the rules of engagement that twist soldiers up inside.
commented 2018-07-02 14:40:58 -0400
Israel is an amazing place!
commented 2018-07-02 14:34:22 -0400
I am a PTSD expert in Israel and disagree with your facts and analysis -while we in Israel have reasons to have higher resiliancy and bounce back——we are a society ful with PTSD and the army is not healthy in this regard either and my colleagues agree. On the other hand—like in other areas we also have some excellent PTSD prevention and relief tools here but severely under utilized—particularly by the army. In 2012—my team filmed 9 days tretament of the teenage survivors of the 1st modern human shield mass casualty terror kidnapping attack—the 1974 Maalot Massacre 38 years later and proved that the PTSD is affecting 3rd generation bigtime and we have many miracles on broadcast quality film that we are finishing final production to release soon. From 2014-2016 we trained and supervised the Herzog Hospital PTSD Center staff in PTSD Clinical Research with our unique methods which are the only ones prove to reduce blood cortisol levels up to 24% within 30 minutes of self application and teachable to school kids. Yet, after successful research, the gap between demonstrating efficacy and need to actually getting into the school systems is a bureaucratic mess so YES Ezra should interview me and get involved if you really want to be on the forefront of PTSD Care for Israel, Canada and worldwide KIDS!
commented 2018-07-02 14:20:27 -0400
In this country having invited in the conflicting culture with no expectations of proper integration and asssimilation and opening our borders to all, it would be like herding cats. Canada is not a healthy nation.
commented 2018-07-02 13:46:22 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 1 hour ago
Really good points. Makes a lot of sense.
Stellar analysis.
Lisa, imagine what Canada would be like if we had the same attitude as Israel, unfortunately Canada is ruled by the very people who want to destroy Israel and our current government is working with them.
commented 2018-07-02 12:13:37 -0400
Really good points. Makes a lot of sense.
Stellar analysis.

For all their trials, I envy Israel for its strong sense of identity and country. That ‘all in’ involvement of the population and respect for their mission(to keep Israel protected) is admirable. I am sure it is a good part of the reason for the healthy state of mind of the citizenry (who all take their turn as protectors) even in the face of constant attacks.

Also, the protocol preceding any retaliation on the attackers has to be a factor, as casualties are usually a result of Hamas putting their citizens in harms way as human shields. The casualties are minimized by Israel’s ethical military practices. Palestinians need to realize its their own government putting them in danger.
(If Prince William wants to do any good over there he should be concentrating on reprimanding Hamas )