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Post-Traumatic Stress: When It Starts To Hurt Your Family

Only you and your spouse know the answer.

Now, we soldiers and families alike, are not without hope. There is help available if you choose to seek it. There can be healing.

But it will take time.

It may take talking to someone (accredited therapists or Military Family Life Counselors) to seek help and direction.

It will take love. It will take fight. You have it in you.

Be an advocate for your soldier.

From my family to yours, I wish for your healing and comfort and peace. I wish you safety and unimaginable joy.

And I wish it for me, too.

Useful PTS(D) information from brainlinemilitary.org:

Common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include reliving a traumatic event through nightmares, flashbacks, or constantly thinking about it. You might avoid situations or people that remind you of the event, have only negative thoughts or emotions, and constantly feel jittery, nervous, or “on edge.” Although some of these symptoms sound similar to PTS, the difference is the duration and intensity. Symptoms that continue for more than one month, are severe, and interfere with your daily functioning are characteristic of PTSD.

Behaviors that indicate professional intervention is needed may include drinking or smoking more than usual as attempts to reduce anxiety or anger, and aggressive driving

  • PTS symptoms are common after deployment and may improve or resolve within a month. PTSD symptoms are more severe, persistent, can interfere with daily functioning, and can last for more than a month.
  • Most people with PTS do not develop PTSD. You can develop PTSD without first having PTS.
  • PTS requires no medical intervention, unless symptoms are severe. However, you may benefit from psychological healthcare support to prevent symptoms from worsening.
  • PTSD is a medically-diagnosed condition and should be treated by a clinician.
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