Doctors warn that the mental anguish Hamas caused the hostages is unprecedented: "We will have to rewrite the textbooks of post-trauma"

Dr. Renana Eitan, spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv Medical Center, spoke about the torture that the hostages suffered under Hamas.

Hostages released by Hamas have experienced such an extreme level of “psychological abuse” that the victims are now facing extremely severe post-traumatic symptoms, Dr. Renana Eitan, spokesperson for the Tel Aviv Medical Center, which is currently treating more than 15 people freed by Hamas.

During an interview for “Sunday Night in America,” the expert expressed concern about the mental state of the victims released by the terrorist group, highlighting that the damage suffered by the survivors is unprecedented in medical literature.

“I can tell you that on behalf of all the medical and psychological teams treating those who return, the mental states we encountered have no precedent in medical literature. We feel that we have to rewrite the textbooks of post-trauma,” she said.

Eitan detailed the “severe physical and mental abuse” to which the recently freed hostages were subjected, including starvation, beatings, sexual abuse and inhumane sanitary conditions. She also described the psychological abuse that involved the forced separation of family members.

“Extremely severe psychological abuse was inflicted on them, including separation from family members, separation of siblings, separation of children from their mothers. They were held in solitary confinement and spent long days in total darkness until they developed severe hallucinations,” she said.

According to Eitan, the minors were exposed to brutal videos and constant threats about harming them even after they were released. Additionally, she mentioned there was also forced use of psychiatric drugs and other substances.

The expert detailed cases of people who, although physically seem unharmed, struggle with “severe post-traumatic symptoms” such as the presence of dissociative states where, at times, they still feel in captivity.

In the interview, Dr. Eitan took the opportunity to call for the release “as soon as possible” of the rest of the hostages still in the hands of Hamas, highlighting that they all face an arduous path to physical and mental rehabilitation.