‘Healing PTSD Trauma’ for Military Wives

Military Wives Secondary PTSD

Caused by Daily Fears

Deployed Husband may not Come Home

Christel B. D’Agostino, MSW, LCSW-R, CtH

At the 2011 Military Health Conference it was pointed out that military spouses deserve more emotional support than they have been getting through mass media and from society. I want you to know Military Spouses ‘Healing PTSD Trauma’ is there for you too.

At the opening of the 2011 Military Health Conference, Deborah Mullen, the wife of Navy Admin. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about the challenges military wives can be facing and what the military medical system can do for its service members’ spouses and children. It has become more obvious recently that military wives are often facing the same amount of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) as their husbands and may be hesitant to seek treatment for secondary PTSD, out of concern that it may tarnish their husband’s career chances.

One area of concern is the time it takes to process the disability evaluation forms. Since 2007 waiting time has been reduced from 500 days to about 180 days. This time span is still unbearably long for the servicemen and women and their families. Clifford L. Stanley, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, pointed out that the disability evaluation system needs to be improved to the degree that there is no longer a waiting period.

Mrs. Mullen also acknowledged that the major contributing factor to secondary PTSD of military wives is the daily fear that their deployed husbands may not return home. Mass media has not sufficiently raised society’s understanding what immense daily stress military wives experience which over time, may lead to their secondary PTSD symptoms. The military wives’ situation has also been neglected by the VA for years. According to Mrs. Mullen this neglect needs to be remedied so that spouses no longer feel embarrassed to seek treatment for their PTSD. According to reports military spouses often self-medicate in order not to jeopardize their husbands’ career.

Since ‘Healing PTSD Trauma’ on CD is available for military spouses too, there is absolutely no reason to suffer from PTSD but to take action,  if you experience secondary symptoms of PTSD.

Let me point out a few of the symptoms of PTSD which military spouses and caregivers may experience: insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, loss of concentration, depression, headaches, avoiding the outside world.

Wives may get so worn out by their post-traumatic stress (PTSD) that they stay in bed, neglect meals and their children, take recourse to alcohol, prescription drugs, even commit suicide as last resort.

Military spouses, I know how strong you are. Please continue to watch out for each other.

Healing PTSD Trauma” is there for you too to heal your symptoms of PTSD and trauma.

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