Expert: Women Found Have Been in a War

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CLEVELAND -- A decade of worry and wonder was followed by a period of joy when three women who went missing were able to escape a Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland.

What follows will be years of recovery and healing for Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.

Describing what they've endured, Dr. Carolyn Landis said, "Think of it similar to war.  They've been in a war."

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Landis, a pediatric psychologist with Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, shared what such an experience may do to a young person.

"I think, obviously, they are going to have some symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder," Landis continued.

Those symptoms may include nightmares or trouble sleeping, just to name a few.

"But I think the good thing about it is there’s so many great treatments to help them,” Landis said.

Knight, Berry and DeJesus went missing from a west side neighborhood in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

They were held on Seymour Avenue until Monday when Berry got the attention of a neighbor who helped them and a child escape.

Ariel Castro, 52, and his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were taken into custody.

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