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Military psychologist told why many Ukrainians will not have PTSD from the war

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Andrii Kozinchuk talks about PTSD in Ukrainians from the war

Military psychologist Andrii Kozinchuk explained why not all Ukrainian citizens affected by the war in one way or another will get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to him, this is a convenient scare story that can only be determined by a specialist doctor.

Kozinchuk noted that PTSD will not necessarily be present in those who have experienced the death of loved ones, being under fire or in the occupied territories. The psychologist points out that the psyche is flexible and mostly "pulls it all out" on its own, NV writes.

"Think about the name - post-traumatic stress disorder, that is, after everything is over. It's a little early to talk about PTSD now, and there's no need to scare people with it either, because it is perfectly amenable to therapy and treatment," he said.

Kozinchuk added that Ukrainians should not self-diagnose mental disorders, as only professionals can determine them.

"Why has it become so pop? Because PTSD is quite a difficult thing for American soldiers, because they did not fight at home. About 20% have PTSD. Israeli soldiers who fight in their country have between 4 and 5%. Realize that Israel is at home," he said.

The psychologist also urged Ukrainians who cannot restore their standard of living and comfort for more than a month, if their living conditions are already normal, to seek medical help.

"See a specialist, don't self-medicate, because you can make up a lot of things, and you can make yourself even worse off than you were before. Even if a specialist diagnoses you with PTSD, it doesn't mean that it's a stigma, a yoke. It means that you need to realize how to go through therapy. You may need to go to group therapy," he emphasized.

Andrii Kozinchuk talks about PTSD in Ukrainians from the war

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