The Israeli psychologist El Paso is one of the few psychologists in the world who can diagnose PTSD.
The first-year medical student at Bar-Ilan University in the Negev, Paso started practicing in 2010 and was the first Israeli to receive a doctoral degree in the field.
The work she conducts, he said, is in keeping with her passion for mental health.
Paso, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in mental health, is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and consultant.
She’s a professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Institute of Psychiatry in the Hebrew University.
She said she is especially interested in the way PTSD is understood and treated in Israel.
Pasos study, conducted by her doctoral thesis, focused on how PTSD symptoms can be identified and managed in patients.
“We are dealing with the symptoms of trauma and the traumatic events that are part of our lives,” she said.
“They can affect us physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
The problem is that the symptoms that can be found in the mental health field are almost exclusively found in patients with mental illness.”
The diagnosis of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is based on a number of factors, including the amount of trauma experienced, the duration of the event, and the number of symptoms that accompany it.
The symptoms include anger, hostility, irritability, insomnia, nightmares, panic attacks, and thoughts of death.
The diagnosis can also be applied to the condition, or lack thereof, that results from a traumatic event.
Pasotos work focuses on understanding the effects of PTSD and how to manage its symptoms.
“The goal is to give patients a sense of what they are experiencing and to understand how it affects them,” she explained.
“If we are going to treat a person, we must be able to predict what they will do, which is why it is important to be able see the symptoms at a very early stage.”
We can’t predict what a person will do in the future, but we can predict what will happen in the past and the future.
What happens to your body? “
What happens to the brain when you experience trauma?
What happens to your body?
When you experience fear, what happens to you?
We know the brain is always involved in these things, but now we need to be more aware of the processes that are happening.”
The work has drawn the attention of the Israeli public and government, as well as the country’s military, the Shin Bet security service, the Ministry of Education, the Civil Administration, and other agencies.
Pasomos work has also attracted international attention.
“Israel is the only country in the Middle East that does not have a mental health system,” she told The Jerusalem Times.
“This work is a great example of the power of mental health in the Palestinian people.”
The government has announced a $1 million scholarship to assist in research and treatment of PTSD in Palestinians.
The program is open to any Palestinian who has experienced trauma.
It is currently focused on the treatment of patients at the Jerusalem Institute of Psychotherapy.
Pasostas research has been published in leading Israeli psychological journals, including Psychoanalytic Journal of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychotherapy Research, Journal of the American Medical Association, and International Journal of Psychoanalysis.