This paper examines how the public, the military, the government, and mental health workers in Israel became aware of psychiatric casualties in combat situations. An examination of the historical context in which Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was recognized indicates gradual change within Israeli society with regard to the level of knowledge and treatment of combat-related psychological problems. The first phase of PTSD awareness was characterized by denial, the second by acknowledgment and progress, and the third and current phase by regression. This paper describes the origins and reasons for these shifts, and summarizes research studies that explore perceptions of combat-related PTSD in Israel.
Carl Williams, ’97
Sponsor: Carolyn Enns