Monday, September 15, 2008

Secondary PTSD

I really feel moved to post this link about secondary PTSD.

Many wives are dealing with a form of PTSD due to the war on terror.

PTSD symptoms include:

  • Avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma
  • Avoiding activities, places, or people that remind you of the trauma
  • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
  • Feeling detached or estranged from other people
  • Feeling emotionally numb, especially toward loved ones
  • Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
Here are a few quotes from this terrific article:

Basically, when you're living with a veteran who has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you become his (or her) caretaker. You slip into a role, without even noticing it, that has you constantly watching for people or circumstances that might "set him off."

Secondary PTSD may make you feel overly angry, depressed, exhausted (but, alas, unable to sleep), overwhelmed, and just plain unhappy with the world around you.

HERE is a link to a very informative article on Secondary PTSD and how it effects military wives. Please, check it out @

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