Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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I have written about this subject prior a few times. However, I have been on the telephone with a war veteran from about 3 to about 6:15 a.m. this morning. I helped him with his disability claim a few years ago. He just wanted an ear to listen. I did for more than 3 hours.
He was just going through some hard times with his family, so I thought I would mention again the effects that PTSD has on the immediate family. I did some research from the VA website and some of my past notes and thought I would state some of the facts about it.
The effects of PTSD can take a toll on everyone in their family. Getting along may be harder than usual. The veteran and other family members may feel hurt or helpless not knowing how to help them. PTSD can make somebody hard to be with, especially their spouse. Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and often avoids social situation can take a toll on the most caring family.