Special Presentation

The following morning, a special presentation was provided by Dr. Joseph Zohar, a researcher with years of experience in the evaluation of PTSD in Israeli combat veterans, who reviewed the results of a large case-control study in which PTSD patients were compared to matched controls with regard to demographic and pre-draft cognitive and behavioral testing. In general, while some of these measures were successful in predicting whether one might develop schizophrenia, they were not useful predictors of the development of PTSD. However, those who appeared to have less resources, as evidenced by such measures as having less education, more siblings, reservist status, and immigrant status, were more likely to seek help for PTSD symptoms on the battle-front rather than waiting until after deployment. While their overall prognosis did not appear different, this information can prove useful in making appropriate resources available.

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