Our expert says:
What a terrible experience ! And I continue to be impressed at the degree of savage cruelty shown by such robbers. If they were purely thieves, they should have seized the cell-phone and fled --- they increased the risk to themselves by hanging around to hurt and terrify the guy, as though that was what they most enjoyed doing.
Beyond doubt your son was seriously psychologically traumatized, and it would not be at all surprising if he eveloped PTSD. Unfortunately it is also quite common, especially among men, for the victim to deny being seriously affected, and to try to assume that he is OK, however damaged he might be.
Macho men unfortunately expose themselves to more harm by denying their grief and distress. And you are then placed in a delicate position. You want to and need to encourage him to seek help, but pushing too hard can often increase his degree of denial. One needs to remain consistent, concerned, sympathetic and signal clearly that you respect him for surviving all he has been through and will thoroughly respect him whatever he decides, though maybe respecting him even more when he faces the fact that ANY normal man should be shaken by such awful experiences, and would sensibly seek expert help to limit the damage done and so as to remain active and effective.
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