Recognizing delayed PTSD in Holocaust survivors
Decades after WWII, many show signs of delayed post-traumatic stress disorder
Like many Holocaust survivors, Sonia Reich never was offered therapy or talked about her experience. But as she entered her 60s, her children began to notice some odd survivalist behavior, such as sleeping with an ax under her pillow and bringing her own water to restaurants. Eventually, she was diagnosed with late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers are finding that the physical, mental, and social changes that come with age can aggravate traumatic symptoms among survivors.