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How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: PTSD effects on fami

Can be damaging for veteran and family.
Combat capacity can be reduced, endurance reduced as soldier is not at perfect health before engaging action. Mind not as sharp though already in hyper-arousal state. Wrongful decision-making hurt split second decision in life and death matter. Family harmony disturbed by extreme tension of untreated ptsd which aggravates with time.

In brief: PTSD effects on fami

Can be damaging for veteran and family.
Combat capacity can be reduced, endurance reduced as soldier is not at perfect health before engaging action. Mind not as sharp though already in hyper-arousal state. Wrongful decision-making hurt split second decision in life and death matter. Family harmony disturbed by extreme tension of untreated ptsd which aggravates with time.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Change

Families are affected by a PTSD-ridden mom or dad coming home and in profound ways.
The anger, violence, alcoholism, adrenalin seeking, emotional withdrawal, flashbacks that are witnessed by the family are profound. What I tell families of veterans is to see the opening beach scene from the film "Saving Private Ryan" if they want to have an idea of the memories mom or dad fights with daily.

In brief: Change

Families are affected by a PTSD-ridden mom or dad coming home and in profound ways.
The anger, violence, alcoholism, adrenalin seeking, emotional withdrawal, flashbacks that are witnessed by the family are profound. What I tell families of veterans is to see the opening beach scene from the film "Saving Private Ryan" if they want to have an idea of the memories mom or dad fights with daily.
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Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In many ways

PTSD plagues many veterans, their military families, as well as the civilians & children trapped in war zones.
PTSD is really a spectrum of illness severity, so it will vary from one family to the next, especially if there has been concomitant TBI or current drug & alcohol use. It's no excuse for violence. Check out http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd?gclid=CNS2t6vMy8ICFQhk7AodqX8Apg

In brief: In many ways

PTSD plagues many veterans, their military families, as well as the civilians & children trapped in war zones.
PTSD is really a spectrum of illness severity, so it will vary from one family to the next, especially if there has been concomitant TBI or current drug & alcohol use. It's no excuse for violence. Check out http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd?gclid=CNS2t6vMy8ICFQhk7AodqX8Apg
Dr. Erin Robertson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Severe PTSD is

A destroyer of families.
The vet isolates from family & spouse feels cut out. Vet has emotional numbing with less emotional intimacy. Often uses distracters instead of spending time w family. The family learns to walk on egg shells. Arguments, tension and sometimes domestic violence increases. Wives inevitably say "this is not the man i married. Divorce rates ^. Is this part of a class assignment.

In brief: Severe PTSD is

A destroyer of families.
The vet isolates from family & spouse feels cut out. Vet has emotional numbing with less emotional intimacy. Often uses distracters instead of spending time w family. The family learns to walk on egg shells. Arguments, tension and sometimes domestic violence increases. Wives inevitably say "this is not the man i married. Divorce rates ^. Is this part of a class assignment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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