When they come home and act like strangers, they are crying out for help to heal. You can't wish PTSD away but you can help heal it. You can dimiss it and send them away, but you end up losing someone you loved. Learn what it is so you can help them. I did.
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NamGuardianAngel commented on December 21, 2009
Thank you Dr.Diane. Glad to have you in this work. I've been doing it since 1982 with Vietnam Vets, pretty much since the day I met my husband. We've been married 25 years and wives like me made all the mistakes when no one was talking about PTSD and we fought alone. We learned from the mistakes and found what works. I know why PTSD strikes some but not others, what they need to heal and what the families need to know to help them heal. None of what we see has to happen but the people in charge never listen to the people on the front lines, the families.
DrDiane commented on December 21, 2009
I thought this was a touching video. You and I are trying to accomplish the same thing, I suspect. You ask the partner to try to help the loved one suffering from PTSD. I have a self-help book that gives them the means to do so. "The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy" was recently designated by the "Library Journal" as one of the "BEST BOOKS OF 2009." Hopefully, this will help the book to gain greater recognition. With each of us taking on the part we feel capable of doing, perhaps we can ensure that this generation of warriors wounded by PTSD does not suffer silently and needlessly.