PTSD and the Family

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Effects of PTSD on Family

PTSD can make somebody hard to be with. Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and often avoids social situations can take a toll on the most caring family. Early research on PTSD has shown the effects of PTSD on families.

How Does PTSD Affect Family Members?

This fact sheet describes family members’ reactions to the traumatic event and to the survivor’s symptoms and behaviors.

War Zone-Related Stress Reactions: What Families Need to Know

This article describes how military personnel in war zones frequently have serious reactions to their traumatic war experiences. Sometimes the reactions continue after they return home.

Treatment for Military Personnel and Families

DCE_logoThe Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) provides state-of-the-art programs align directly with DHCC’s mission to improve deployment-related health by providing caring assistance and medical advocacy for military members and families with deployment-related health concerns.

When a Child’s Parent has PTSD

This fact sheet explains common problems for children of Veterans and other caregivers with PTSD. It also gives tips for how to cope with these problems.