It is estimated that 70 percent of American adults have experienced some type of traumatic event at least one time in their lives—about 223 million people. Out of these 223 million, over 24 million have, or will develop, posttraumatic stress disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD.
One population that is both particularly prone to PTSD, and is particularly unlikely to seek help, is that of our military members. The men and women of the U.S. armed forces who exhibit the symptoms of PTSD often face rejection by their military peers, and are discouraged, through a culture of toughness, from seeking help in order to avoid being labeled “weak”. For many of these individuals, family is their only safe space.
But it isn’t always easy for the family members of these veterans. Undertaking the path to healing with these men and women can put a strain on marriage and family relationships because of the unique challenges involved.
But take heart—successfully dealing with PTSD is possible. To help make the journey smoother, let’s take a look at 6 obstacles you may be facing as the family member to a veteran suffering from PTSD, and how to overcome them.