IDF Rolls Out Plan to Prevent PTSD Among Soldiers

Israeli soldier walks by a tank near the Israel Gaza border, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Israeli Army fires at Gaza The Israeli army says a tank has fired at a target in the northern Gaza Strip following an explosion on the Palestinian side of the border. The army says it's …
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The Algemeiner reports: The IDF on Thursday introduced a new plan that aims to bolster combat soldiers’ mental resilience and reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The plan includes the use of special software developed as part of a collaboration between the IDF and Yair Bar-Haim, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.

The study concluded that people who experience a traumatic situation when they are more alert to dangers are more resistant to PTSD. The findings have prompted the military to devise ways to improve combat soldiers’ alertness by training them to more actively look out for threats. This includes the use of a special attention-training software the IDF plans to use according to operational priorities, meaning soldiers deployed in frontline sectors would be the first to use it, with auxiliary and support units following suit.

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