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Characteristics in PTSD veteran's Spouses and (Families and Close Friends)

Why would a veteran's spouse or friends wish to cover up the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their spouse/friend? At this point I wish to keep it simple until someone with a advanced understanding can prepare a better explanation. This is a personal opinion only, based on information from military support group that I work with in the area of Colorado Springs.

  1. Denial: Does NOT want to admit that there has been a change in the Spouse or friend.
  2. Fear: How will Post Traumatic Stress Disorder effect the spouse's career in the service.
  3. Understanding: They have no idea of what took place during combat and do NOT know how to ask.
  4. Personal Feelings: Is the current situation at home "Their Fault" or responsibility.
So, what happens? The spouse becomes protective, looks for warning sign and try to take action on their own. People, this is when help is really needed and is available!


MEMORIES:
Preoccupation with the veteran; constant tension and anxiety because they never “know what they'll do next”; critical or self-righteous martyr attitude because of “what they have put me through.” Continual manipulation of veteran and/or circumstances in order to be in control in a situation that is out of control.
ISOLATION:
May have few friends or be unable to relate to friends as they would like to because: Vet has alienated them with their attitude and actions in the past; vet has isolated family and/or is jealous of them; they have alienated friends because of constant family hassles; the friends and family they do have, tell them to get rid of them.
EMOTIONAL NUMBING:
Sexual problems: They feel that they cannot be truly intimate with the vet; distrust of God, “how could He let this happen?” low self-esteem; escapes into fantasy world, TV, thoughts of affairs, compulsive buying, etc.; may lean on children, friends or parents too heavily for emotional support.
DEPRESSION:
Has sense of helplessness and hopelessness; “tired of trying”; sets self up for disappointments; low self-esteem, evident by poor appearance, dirty home, etc.
ANGER AND OTHER RELATED EMOTIONS:
Resentment and bitterness developed over the years not only toward the Vet but, but others; withdrawal from vet and family emotionally; constant fear and anxiety; may provoke or instigate fights or arguments with vet or take it out on the kids.

  • Just what you need to know about a possible spouse [THE ARMY WAY!]


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