Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Military Family, Military Life Issues, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Abuse, Fertility Issues and Trauma Recovery
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If you have a family member in the military, you may also spend days and nights worrying about them, particularly when they deployed to a place where there is unrest and chaos. A large number of soldiers can come back with nightmares, excessive fear, flashbacks of the trauma they may have experienced and/or intense feeling of distress and helplessness. If your spouse or parent comes back with these symptoms of PTSD, you may feel as if you have a lot on your hands. In addition to your soldier’s symptoms of PTSD, you and the rest of your family may be at risk for secondary traumatic stress.
PTSD stands for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” It is a psychological condition that develops after going through a harrowing experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. Your spouse or parent in the military may come back with excessive stress reactions that can impair his/her daily life.
STS refers to “Secondary Traumatic Stress.” It is the emotional distress that a person – you or your children - may develop after hearing the first-hand traumatic experiences of your loved one with PTSD. With STS, you or your children may exhibit signs and symptoms that are akin to what a person with PTSD experiences, which may include; altered memory and perception, changed sense of self- worth, and distrustful beliefs about safety and independence.
PTSD is often viewed as a post-deployment health problem for military personnel. As far back as the Vietnam War, it was found that around one third of the soldiers exhibited symptoms of PTSD. Approximately ten percent of the 1991 Gulf War veterans were reported to have been diagnosed with PTSD. It is also estimated that about twenty percent of the soldiers who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD or depression.
What is not being measured, however, is how many of their family members have developed psychological symptoms, such as STS. It can be difficult to address both PTSD and STS in your home. You may feel challenged, you may have your share of pitfalls and struggles, though there can also be successes and victories as you learn to adjust and survive these challenges. To achieve the latter, you may need to seek professional counsel.
Part of the price paid by people serving their country is their higher risk for developing PTSD and, in turn, their families’ higher risk of developing STS. You don’t have to “suck it up” and just live with these symptoms. It can be very difficult to handle these conditions without professional therapy. All of you deserve healing. PTSD and STS symptoms can overwhelm the family, while the individuals concerned can become increasingly isolated.
If your spouse has PTSD, and you or a child is suffering from STS, Carolina Counseling Services can help you find a way out of this overwhelming situation. Call Carolina Counseling Services and schedule with a licensed, independently contracted counselor who can help you untangle the anxiety, the fears, and the isolation that can be brought about by PTSD or STS. Call today.
Carolina Counseling Services contracts independently with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to everyone. Carolina Counseling Services independently contracted therapists assist individuals, couples, families, and children with counseling services that will help put your life back on track. Working with both non military and military is a joy and the therapist you choose will be happy to assist you whether you are a "civilian", or if you are a dependent or retiree.
Counseling and Therapy are often used interchangeably in our English language. The same is true for Counselor and Therapist. It really doesn't matter which word you use. When you need help, it is best to talk to someone who is not only objective, but who has had lots of experience helping others who have been in similar situations as yourself. A friendly Counselor or Therapist who is trained, licensed and experienced is the one who can assist the most. You don't have to figure it out alone. All independently contracted therapists are licensed, friendly professionals. Call to schedule your appt now!
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