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Characteristics in PTSD veteran's Spouses and (Families and Close Friends)Why would a veteran's spouse or friends wish to cover up the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their spouse/friend? At this point I wish to keep it simple until someone with a advanced understanding can prepare a better explanation. This is a personal opinion only, based on information from military support group that I work with in the area of Colorado Springs.
MEMORIES:Preoccupation with the veteran; constant tension and anxiety because they never “know what they'll do next”; critical or self-righteous martyr attitude because of “what they have put me through.” Continual manipulation of veteran and/or circumstances in order to be in control in a situation that is out of control.
ISOLATION:May have few friends or be unable to relate to friends as they would like to because: Vet has alienated them with their attitude and actions in the past; vet has isolated family and/or is jealous of them; they have alienated friends because of constant family hassles; the friends and family they do have, tell them to get rid of them.
EMOTIONAL NUMBING:Sexual problems: They feel that they cannot be truly intimate with the vet; distrust of God, “how could He let this happen?” low self-esteem; escapes into fantasy world, TV, thoughts of affairs, compulsive buying, etc.; may lean on children, friends or parents too heavily for emotional support.
DEPRESSION:Has sense of helplessness and hopelessness; “tired of trying”; sets self up for disappointments; low self-esteem, evident by poor appearance, dirty home, etc.
ANGER AND OTHER RELATED EMOTIONS:Resentment and bitterness developed over the years not only toward the Vet but, but others; withdrawal from vet and family emotionally; constant fear and anxiety; may provoke or instigate fights or arguments with vet or take it out on the kids.
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