New study shows stress on partners of vets who suffer from PTSD…

http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2013-03-vets-ptsd-affects-mental-physical.html#share  Quote from this site…

“A study from the University of Utah sheds new light on the health risks faced not only by military veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but by their partners as well. Results of the study will be presented later this month at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society.
The study compared emotional and of two groups of and their partners during and after engaging in a “disagreement task” set in a clinically-monitored environment. The veterans in one group had been diagnosed with PTSD, and those in the control group had not.”

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We all know now that it is highly likely that partners of veterans who suffer from trauma during extended deployments in combat will affect family members and loved ones…  My entire family lived and coped with PTSD for decades before we had a clue about the symptoms that created a dysfunctional and toxic family culture.  My mother at age 94 still has flashbacks from years of post WWII mental and physical abuse.  The rest of us are now aware of the symptoms and have started our own varied treatment strategies.  Loved ones can suffer even more than the warrior who comes home to life after war, especially children.

The very first step to healing from the long term effects of traumatic experiences is to become educated and aware of the symptoms of PTSD.  The very critical next step is to find a treatment solution that works for you and your family members.  Outreach is essential in this process of beginning your own journey of healing.  Denial will only make matters worse.  Do not wait and do not hesitate.  Help is available to find ways to begin living a healthy, happy, and productive life following a severe traumatic event.  Read the study in this link to take the first step in your own journey of healing…http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2013-03-vets-ptsd-affects-mental-physical.html#share

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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